Looking for a a fun art project for your students/kids that will teach them a little about Michelangelo, while giving them an opportunity for some hands-on fun – here it is!

You can start by reading a little about this great artist, or just jump right in. Below you will find a free printable biography, followed by the lesson plan.

Michelangelo Biography
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy, a small Italian village near Arezzo, Tuscany. For several generations, his family had worked as bankers in Florence. His father, Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarroti di Simoni, also held occasional government positions. At the time of Michelangelo’s birth, his father was serving as a Florentine government agent in Caprese, and his mother was in failing health…

Hey Kids, Meet Michelangelo | Biography for Kids

Michelangelo Art Project for Kids
This project helps kids understand the challenge that Michelangelo was confronted with as he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. All you need for this project is a piece of butcher paper, a pencil and some paint.

Creation of Adam | Art Project for Kids

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Enjoy!

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Want to paint like Picasso? It all starts by getting kids connected with great resources that engage them and teach them what they need to know to succeed.

The following article will guide you to five Picasso-centered art projects/activities that are surefire winners with the elementary school crowd.

Begin by reading a little about the artist, and then dive into the activities.

Hey Kids, Meet Pablo Picasso – Biography for Kids
Pablo Picasso was born on October 25,1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, an art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez. At an early age Pablo showed an interest in drawing. His first words were “piz, piz”, which is short for “lapiz”, the Spanish word for pencil…

Mr. Picasso Head – Interactive Activity
Mr. Picasso Head allows kids to create their own cubist-style portrait using Picasso features. Choose a face, eyes, nose and more! Change the colors, resize, flip, or rotate each feature. When your portrait is complete, sign it and add it to the Mr. Picasso Head Gallery.

Paint Your Own Picasso – Interactive Activity
Paint Your Own Picasso is an online activity that allows kids to select cubist facial features, drag them to the pre-drawn face and arrange them until everything looks perfect. Then pick up a color and color your Picasso face. When you are finished, you can print your masterpiece.

Picasso Art Masterpiece Cookies
This project gives kids a chance to create a work of art on a sugar cookie in Picasso’s distinctive sytle. Art has never been this delicious!

What You’ll Need:
4″ Sugar Cookies
Cookie Frosting
Food Coloring
Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)

Create a Cubist Montage
This art project help kids to understand that cubist works show the same thing from several sides at the same time. Kids will create a cubist work with magazine clippings, assembling and gluing eyes, hair, noses and lips from multiple angles.

What You’ll Need:
Several Photographs of People
Scissors
Glue
Paper for Base of the Collage
Colored Pencils, Markers, or Paints
Glossy or Matte Acrylic Varnish
Flat, Bristle Paintbrush

Picasso’s Three Musician’s Watercolor Project
This watercolor project is a perfect introduction to the art of Pablo Picasso. The printable lesson is a step-by-step guide, that offers basic watercolor painting techniques while guiding students in the painting of the harlequinn musician from Picasso’s cubist masterpiece Three Musicians of 1905.

What You’ll Need:
Watercolor Paint Set
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paint Brush
Pencil
Cup of Clean Water
Paper Towel for Blotting

 

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Painting art masterworks is a great way for kids to become introduced to and connected with the work of our greatest artists.  The following links represent a collection of art projects for kids that make this goal possible.

Here a few tips on the watercolor supplies you will need:

Watercolor Paint Box
Invest in a student watercolor set made by Prang or Reeves, for example. The colors will be much more pleasing than what you will see from a Wal-Mart set.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paper is heavier than computer paper so that it can take a soaking. You can buy cheap paper, though make sure it’s 140lb. weight, so that it will stay relatively flat when it gets wet.

Watercolor Paint Brush
Your watercolor set may come with a paint brush, It not, a medium round brush is a great one to get started with.

Watercolor Pallet
A paper plate covered with plastic wrap will provide a great pallet on which to mix colors.

Watercolor Projects
Each of the following projects are ideal for the 2nd-8th grade art students, or anyone want to learn a few basic skills.

Degas Ballerina
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “Ballerina.” The lesson provides kids with an opportunity to experiment with dry brush technique.

The Singing Fish (Miro)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro (1893 -1983). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “The Singing Fish.”

Sunflower (Van Gogh)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888).”

Three Musicians (Picasso)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Spanish Modern artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his cubist masterpiece “Three Musicians (1905).”

Beasts and the Sea (Matisse)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of French modern artist Henry Matisse. Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques, including how to create a flat wash, as you paint an excerpt from his cut-out collage masterpiece “Beasts and the Sea (1950).”

The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch Baroque artist Jan Vermeer (1632-1675). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll apply basic watercolor painting techniques, including wet-on-dry wash and glazing, as you paint his masterpiece “The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1665).”

Jan Vermeer Biography – GardenofPraise.com
Johanna (Jan) Vermeer (vur MAYR) was born in the Netherlands in the city of Delft. His father was an art dealer, and through the early contacts with artists Jan became interested in painting. The majority of his work was portraits which he painted for people, and he only painted about forty pictures during his lifetime. Read more…

Jan Vermeer Biography – MakingArtFun.com
Jan Vermeer was born in the Netherlands in the city of Delft, and baptized on October 31, 1632. His father, Reijnier Janszoon, was a textile worker and later an art dealer. Jan became interested in art through his early contact with artists. Read more… or get printable biography.

Free Word Search Worksheet
This word search worksheet encourages students to build their reading skill by searching for the keywords in the Jan Vemeer biography.  You will need to print both to complete the word search.

Jan Vemeer | Printable Biography

Jan Vemeer | Word Search Worksheet

The Lacemaker Jigsaw Puzzle
Put together an online jigsaw puzzle of Vermeer’s The Lacemaker. It’s a great way to get kids more familiar with great works of art. The puzzle pieces may be rotated to provide a greater challenge for older students.

The Lacemaker on Garden of Praise


Girl with the Pearl Earring | Watercolor Project for Kids
This project introduces the art of Jan Vermeer to kids in a fun way. Following a step-by-step approach, kids will learn watercolor painting techniques as they create a masterpiece of their own, based on the work of Jan Vermeer.

Girl with the Pearl Earring | “Learn to Watercolor” Project

Girl with the Pearl Earring | Free Coloring Page
Color Jan Vermeer’s masterpiece, Girl with the Pearl Earring. This work is often referred to as the Dutch Mona Lisa.

The Girl with the Pearl Earring | Coloring Page


Jan Vermeer Slide Show
View a slide show collection of 14 paintings by Jan Vermeer.

Jan Vermeer | Slide Show

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Here’s a great free printable lesson resource for the elementary art classroom or homeschool art lesson.

Free Word Search Worksheet
Students will need the artist biography and the word search to complete this word search worksheet.  It does not include the words/phrases on the worksheet. Students are encouraged to build their reading skill by searching for the keywords in the Leonardo da Vinci biography.

Leonardo da Vinci Printable Biography

Leonardo da Vinci Word Search Worksheet

 

Enjoy!

Biography
Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis in northern France. His parents, Emile Matisse and Heloise Gerars, owned a general store where they sold household goods and seed. Henri was their first son.

Read more on MakingArtFun.com

Color a Masterpiece
Print and color a free coloring page of Matisse’s Woman with a Hat (1905).

Woman with a Hat from MakingArtFun.com (Click Link)

Woman with a Hat (Matisse) | Free Coloring Page

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Red Nose (Calder)
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Biography
Pablo Picasso was born on October 25,1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, an art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez. At an early age Pablo showed an interest in drawing. His first words were “piz, piz”, which is short for “lapiz”, the Spanish word for pencil.

Read more on MakingArtFun.com

Check out this fun way to learn about famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

Get the Pablo Picasso | Cookie Masterpiece lesson on MakingArtFun.com

Pablo Picasso Cookie | Art Lesson Plan

Objective
Students will learn about Spanish modern artist Pablo Picasso by being introduced to his art, and then by creating their own masterpiece after his work.

Materials
4″ Sugar Cookies
Cookie Frosting
Food Coloring
Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes
Cookie Design Worksheet

 

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