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Celebration of Art Activities and Fireworks

April 2-6

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Abstract art

2. Key Points – Famous artists matching game

3. Collaborative – Art gallery scavenger hunt

4. Writing – Describe This For Me - adjectives

5. Math/Logic – Art Auction

6. Genius Principle – Stream of Consciousness Writing

7. Big Activity - Pinata

8. Movement - Frozen and Posin' game

Minecraft Activities

  1. Explore various types of art

  2. Stained glass color by number

  3. Roman pots and terracotta

  4. Build Challenge – Landscape design

Upcoming Activities

  • Weekly Teen Hang Outs – Wednesdays in Santa Ana

  • 4/11 Leonardo's Birthday


Read through the fireworks and choose five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Carve (and maybe cast) a statue.

  • Make some artistic patterns:

  • Trace a map of your neighborhood. Use this as a design for a painting.

  • Do some more modern art:





  • Do some silkscreening:

  • Color a coloring book page in Pointillism style.

  • Discuss with family or friends, “What is art?” Write their responses in your journal.

  • Notice art in every-day life. How much art is there in the things you see and use every day? Put sketches and commentary about these artworks in your journal.

  • Visit the The Salvador Dali Gallery:

  • Make a timeline of photography. Here is a great reference:

  • Write a poem that tells the story of the history of art.

  • A metaphor is something that represents something else, like a lion can represent a king, or a fire can represent destruction. Make your own art piece that is a metaphor for your life.

  • What is your favorite style of art? Why? Practice some of that art style.

  • Make up your own story, poem, song, or dance about a painting that you observe.

  • Draw a comic strip about some people looking at an odd piece of art.

  • Have a discussion with an art curator. What criteria are used to decide what art to collect? What criteria would you use?

  • Pretend you had a conversation with the subject of a painting. What painting would you have a conversation with? Why? What would you discuss? Write your conversation in your Journal.

  • Write a critique of a piece of art of your choice.

  • Observe a piece of art. Answer as many of the following questions as you like. Write your answers in your Journal.

  • What message is the artist trying to portray?

  • What type of painting is it?

  • What medium is used?

  • What technique is used?

  • Are there symbols in the painting?

  • When was it painted?

  • What events surrounded the work of art?

  • How does the painting make you feel?

  • Does the painting remind you of something else?

  • Do you like the painting? Explain.

  • Play some math games.

  • Explore Pixar in a Box:

  • Read fiction and non-fiction about art and artists.

  • Descriptive words are called adjectives. Do some adjective activities:

  • Start a blog. Post your photographs and artwork. add captions, and record what you are learning.

  • Make a computer generated “Rainbow Whirlygig” at this Website:

  • Identify different painting eras, styles and techniques. Write about them in your Journal.

  • Make a flip book to make pictures move.

  • Some ideas on how to have fun at an art museum:

  • While visiting an art museum, examine the placards. Figure out how old the artists were when they created their works.

  • Write art placards for everyday things. See

  • Copy a sculpture using materials that you find in nature (leaves, acorns, flowers, etc.)

  • Collect several political cartoons. Make an album with them, writing in a description for each one.

  • Make Pollock art by rolling marbles on paint, then on paper.

  • Make a mobile like Alexander Calder's. Write a story about the mobile you made.

  • Hold your own exhibition. Collect the art work, design the exhibit, write the labels, install the exhibit, create announcements, hold an “opening,” and invite parents and friends to visit the exhibition.

  • Draw a copy of American Gothic, substituting your parents' or grandparents' faces. Change the implements, too, to tools that your relatives would use.

  • Make your own version of American Gothic.

  • Try some street art:

  • Make balloon art.

  • Choose a few items of art around the house and discuss with your family how much you think each item of art is worth and why.

  • Choose a painting and act out what you imagine is going on in the painting.

  • Look at the art around your house and make up a story, song, or poem to connect them together.

  • Many works of art are copied. Pick your favorite piece of art and copy it to the best of your ability. See if you can fool anyone!

  • Choose five different types of art. Interview family members or friends about which is their favorite type of art from the five. Make a graph to show the results.

  • Visit an art museum as an art critic. Write a newspaper column about what you liked and disliked about the art and why.

  • Start an omni journal:

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