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Summer Learning Series - Art

Art is an important, and often neglected, part of our learning. Art encourages creativity, which in turn makes us better problem solvers. Art is also a deep part of who we are and is representative of different cultures and history. There are so many different mediums and routes we can take as artists. Sculpting is one example of art that we can try, and one we see when we pass by statues in our cities or towns.

Edmonia Lewis is known as the first professional African American and Native American sculptor. She made money through her sculptures and eventually went to Rome to further her studies. Some of her most famous works include a bust of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and Cleopatra, entitled The Death of Cleopatra. Click here to read more about Edmonia Lewis.

Activities for Art

~Try different mediums! Some people prefer paint, others prefer clay, while others prefer textiles like yarn. There are so many different mediums, styles, and projects out there for you and your child to try. The artful parent compiled a list of different art projects you and your child can try, many with household items. Click here to see some of the Artful Parent’s suggestions.

~Visit an art museum. Part of art is the ability to appreciate the work of others. Find art that interests you and your child and share what you both like and don’t like about the piece.

No art museum nearby?

There are smart phone apps available from different art museums. Some apps give virtual tours of the museum, while others show up close images of some of the pieces.

Click here to see a list of some Art Museum Apps available.

~Try copying a favorite masterpiece! Sometimes it’s hard to try different art styles, so having something to imitate is helpful. Try pieces like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Edvard Munch’s the Scream, or Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Poppy.