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November 2, 2011

Welcome to The Art Student! – A free art resource directory for elementary art teachers and students.

Updated Oct. 8, 2015

Artist Biographies for Kids and Lessons Resources
Paint Like Picasso: Art Projects for Kids
Drawing Lessons for Beginners (or Those Who Just Gave Up)
Claude Monet | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources
Albrecht Durer | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources
Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources
Grandma Moses | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources

Free Worksheets
Watercolor Terms | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet
Drawing Terms | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet
Free Famous Artist Word Search Worksheets
Pablo Picasso | Free Word Search Worksheets
Leonardo da Vinci | Free Word Search Worksheet
Georgia O’Keeffe | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet

Free Coloring Pages
Free Art Masterpiece Coloring Pages
Free Bible Coloring Pages
Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors | Free Coloring Page
Mermaids | Free Printable Coloring Pages
Free Coloring Page | Stained Glass Nativity Scene
Bears | Free Printable Coloring Pages
Wooly Mammoth | Free Coloring Page

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Jonah and the Whale | Free Coloring Page

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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Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources

Biography I
Pierre Auguste Renoir was born on February 25, 1841 in Limoges, France. He was the sixth of seven children born to Léonard Renoir and Marguerite Merlet. Pierre’s first experience with painting came in 1854 when he took his first job working in a porcelain factory painting designs on fine china. His talent for painting would have assured him a career as a porcelain painter, but the company went out of business four years later. During these years he enjoyed visiting the Louvre to see the works of the French masters.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir biography continued on MakingArtFun.com – Creative Resources for Elementary Art Education

Biography II
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on 25 February 1841 in Limoges. He was the sixth child of Léonard Renoir (1799-1874) and Marguerite Merlet (1807-1896). In 1844 Renoir and his family moved to Paris where Léonard Renoir earned his living as a tailor. In 1854 Renoir left school and begin his apprenticeship as a porcelain painter at the firm of Lévy frères. His precocious talent for painting would assure his career as a porcelain painter but the firm went bankrupt in 1858. After that Renoir dabbled in a number of different jobs but it seems that he may have decided to become a full-time painter around this date.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir biography continued on RenoirGallery.com


Renoir Museum Tour
Take a virtual tour of Renoir’s art. The Renoir Gallery offers a nice collection of works, including “Girl with Watering Can” and “Young Girl Combing Her Hair.”

Visit Renoir’s Paintings on RenoirGallery.com

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Study Guide Worksheet
After you have read the biography, you can follow it up with a 7 question free printable worksheet. Questions include, “What is the origin of the term “Impressionism”?” and “What was his motive for painting A Girl With a Watering Can?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Study Guide from GardenofPraise.com – Educational Resources for Kids

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Word Search Worksheet
Print a Pierre-Auguste Renoir word search worksheet. It’s a great opportunity to review the most important things about Renoir’s life and work.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Word Search Worksheet from MakingArtFun.com

Renoir Coloring Page
Print this coloring page of Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party painted in 1881, and grab the crayons. This is a great way to get connected with the works of this great artist. You might even fire up a YouTube video of an impressionist composer (same artistic period) like Debussy or Ravel and let them listen as your kids color.

Renoir Coloring Page from EduPics.com

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Jan Van Eyck | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources

Learn about the life and art of celebrated Early Netherlandish painter Jan Van Eyck (1395-1441). Start with the biography, and then click and print these fun curriculum resources.

Biography
Jan Van Eyck (IKE) was born in the Netherlands. His paintings are very detailed. He was not the first to use oil paint, but he perfected the use of oil in paints. The colors in his paintings are delicate and have a beautiful shine. He was called “The King of Painters” by people even hundreds of years after his time.

Jan Van Eyck biography continued on GardenofPraise.com

Understanding “The Arnolfini Marriage” Portrait
The candle and the dog are actually symbolic additions to “The Arnolfini Marriage” Portrait. Learn why .

The Arnolfini Marriage Symbolism explained on Ibiblio.org


Jan Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Marriage Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Try out this fantastic online jigsaw puzzle of Jan Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Marriage. The Arnolfini Marriage, an oil on wood, was painted in 1434 . The puzzle even allows you to rotate the pieces to make it a little more challenging for older students.

The Arnolfini Marriage Jigsaw Puzzle on GardenofPraise.com – Educational Resources for Kids

Jan Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Marriage Matching Game

 Play The Arnolfini Marriage online matching game on GardenofPraise.com. Yet another opportunity to familiarize your young student with great art.

 

The Arnolfini Marriage Matching Game on GardenofPraise.com

 

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How would you like it if  your paintings became so famous that other painters, advertisers, architects, graphic designers, and even high fashion clothing designers around the world copied your distinctive style for decades? For Piet Mondrian this dream became a reality.

Learn about the life and art of celebrated Dutch Modern artist Piet Mondrian. Start with the biography, and then click and print these fun curriculum resources.

Biography
Piet Mondrian was born in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, in 1892. He was the second of his parent’s children. At a very young age his father Pieter and his Uncle Fritz, both artists themselves, introduced Piet to the world of art.

Piet Mondrian Biography continued on MakingArtFun.com

Art Masterpiece Projects

Piet Mondrian | Rectangles, Colors and Black Lines on MakingArtFun.com (Recreating Mondrian’s art with construction paper)

Mondrian Cookies
Bake a batch of 4″ sugar cookies and paint a work of art on the top in Mondrian’s distinctive style. Use the cookie design worksheet to figure out what color/black band arrangement will look the best and then start making your cookie. You’ll need 4″ sugar cookies, blue, yellow, red and black frosting, popcicle sticks to spread the frosting, and a frosting bag for the black lines.

Mondrian Cookies on MakingArtFun.com

Mondrian Cookie

Free Coloring Pages
Print and color a Mondrian masterpiece.  The one from EnchantedLearning.com lets you color online.  Click the color and then click in the rectangle/square.  The coloring page from MakingArtFun.com if free to print.  You can find an image of the original artwork online for the pattern of colors (Google Search/Images: Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow.)

Mondrian Coloring Online on Enchanted Learning.com

Mondrian Coloring Page (Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow) on MakingArtFun.com

Word Search Worksheets
You can build reading skills with these free printable artist word search worksheets. You’ll need to print the MakingArtFun.com artist biography to complete the worksheet, as this word search does not provide students with the words to search for. They are to identify the keywords in the biography (what’s important about the artist), and then see if these words are in the word search.

Piet Mondrian Word Search on MakingArtFun.com

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