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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Free Coloring Page
Art masterpiece coloring pages allow students to not only look at a work of art, but actually interact with. They see how it was composed, the colors that the artist used, and gain an understanding as to why the work of art seems so dynamic.

The following coloring page is a resource that parents and teachers can use to supplement their lessons on Vincent van Gogh, or history lesson.

Starry, Starry Night | Free Coloring Page from MakingArtFun.com

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About the Artist
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853 in Groot-Zundert, a village close to Breda in the province of North Brabant in the southern Netherlands. He was the son of Anna Cornelia Carbentus and Theodorus van Gogh, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church. Vincent was given the same name as his grandfather—and a first brother stillborn exactly one year before. The practice of reusing a name in this way was not uncommon. Vincent was a common name in the Van Gogh family; his grandfather (1789–1874) had received his degree of theology at the University of Leiden in 1811. Grandfather Vincent had six sons, three of whom became art dealers, including another Vincent who was referred to in Van Gogh’s letters as “Uncle Cent.” Grandfather Vincent had perhaps been named in turn after his own father’s uncle, the successful sculptor Vincent van Gogh (1729–1802). Art and religion were the two occupations to which the Van Gogh family gravitated. His brother Theodorus (Theo) was born on 1 May 1857. He had another brother, Cor, and three sisters: Elisabeth, Anna and Willemina.

Read more on Wikipedia

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Here’s a great collection links to one-point perspective drawing lessons for beginners from around the web. Each link is followed a brief abstract of what you will find on that page. Each page is full of pictures and easy-to-understand instructions to help you get things looking great the very first time you give perspective drawing a try.

Perspective Drawing for Beginners | One-Point Perspective from MakingArtFun.com
In our first lesson on perspective drawing, Perspective Drawing for Beginners | Bigger and Smaller, we learned a simple lesson that makes perspective drawing easy:

If it’s close, it’s bigger. If it’s far away, it’s smaller.

In this lesson we will learn about one-point perspective. The second basic idea that you will need to know about perspective drawing is:

If things are far away enough, they seem to disappear.

The point at which they disappear is called a vanishing point.

Draw One-Point Perspective on About.com
In perspective drawing, every set of parallel lines has its own vanishing point. Don’t panic. We can keep it simple. To draw one-point perspective, we arrange our subject so that one set of lines has a vanishing point right in front of us, and the set at right-angles goes out to infinity on each side – parallel, either straight up or straight across.

One Point Perspective Drawing Tutorial on DrawingCoach.com
Draw the horizon line. What in the heck is a horizon line? Think of it as the place off in the distance where the sky meets together with the earth; that old familiar line where blue meets brown and green. Just draw a horizontal line across the page. Easy enough.

 

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This artist word search worksheet helps kids build reading skills. Tell your students how many words there are , and then ask them to complete the word search worksheet by locating and circling the keywords in the Edgar Degas printable biography.

Free Word Search Worksheet

Edgar Degas | Free Word Search Worksheet

 

About the Artist
Edgar Degas was born in Paris France on July 19, 1834 to Célestine Musson De Gas and Augustin De Gas who was a banker. He was the oldest of five children. Degas began to paint as a young boy. Read more…

Get Edgar Degas Printable Biography

Enjoy!

Free Word Search Worksheets
This collection of word search worksheets from MakingArtFun.com helps art students to build reading skill by searching for the keywords in the artist biography. You will need the printable biography and the word search worksheet to complete the word search.

Free Worksheets

Albert Bierstadt | Word Search

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Edgar Degas | Word Search

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Henri Matisse | Word Search

Michelangelo | Word Search

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Artist Biographies
The printable artist biographies are linked to from the word search worksheet page of each artist. Visit the worksheet page first and then click through to the get the printable biography. You will need it to complete the worksheet.

Enjoy!

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Biography
Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893-December 25, 1983) was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeoise society, and famously declared an “assassination of painting” in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.

Read more on Wikipedia.org

Check out this fun way to learn about famous Spanish artist Joan Miro.

Get the Joan Miro | Cookie Masterpiece lesson on MakingArtFun.com

Joan Miro Cookie | Art Lesson Plan

Objective
Students will learn about Spanish modern artist Joan Miro 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
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)
Cookie Design Worksheet

 

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Biography
Alexander Calder (22 July 1898-11 November 1976), also known as Sandy Calder, was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. In addition to mobile and stabile sculpture, Alexander Calder also created paintings, lithographs, toys, tapestry and jewelry.

Read more on Wikipedia.org

Check out this fun way to learn about famous American artist Alexander Calder.

Get the Alexander Calder | Cookie Masterpiece lesson on MakingArtFun.com

Alexander Calder Cookie | Free Lesson Plan

Objective
Students will learn about American modern artist Alexander Calder 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
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)
Cookie Design Worksheet

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