Create a collage inspired by Alma Woodsey Thomas

Alma Thomas collage

Objective: To learn about African American artist Alma Woodsey Thomas, and create a collage that is inspired by her work. Art History: Photo by Ida Jervis; Alma Thomas papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia, the oldest of four girls. In 1907, her family moved to Washington, D.C., seeking…

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Color Lesson: Learn about color and create a winter landscape

Ages 8+ In this winter tree-inspired project students study the art element color. In this winter tree-inspired project students study the art element of Color.  Materials Needed a pencil paper, watercolor is best but any kind will work paint, watercolor is best but acrylic will work also a brush water paper towels Step 1. Review…

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Dot Day!

If you have the book The Dot read it! If you don’t have it you can take it out of the library, or you can watch this video from Peter H. Reynolds, author of The Dot, then create your own dot art!  What you’ll need: Paper Pencil Crayons Or Markers Or Watercolor paint Maybe a…

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Make a Straw Blown Painting

Straw blown painting

What you’ll need: Paper (heavyweight paper works best) Straw Watercolor or any other type of paint watered down. Teaspoon to drop paint on paper Note: In this class, we focused on warm and cool colors and used only these in each of our paintings. For example, only use warm colors or only use cool colors…

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Make an Animal from Recycled Materials

Make an Animal from Recycled Materials You can make art out of anything! Create an animal from your recycles at home. Watch this video I made to see how to make a sea turtle out of a fruit container, wrapping paper, and foam.  What you’ll need: A container for your animal’s body. It can be…

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Make a Fall Leaf Rubbing

What you’ll need: Paper (any kind you have at home) Leaves-go outside and gather a few different types like Maple, Oak, Beech… Crayons Step One: Gather your materials. Step Two: Choose a design, and layout your leaves next to your paper so you can measure how they will fit under it.  Step Three: Place your…

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Do you want to draw a snowman?

To learn to draw a snowman click on the photo or here to view the video. You can pause the video at any time if you want to focus on a step. Take a photo of your snowman and share it with us by tagging the MAC on social media and using #ArtShareMAC!, or email…

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Create a Crayon Resist Watercolor Painting

The watercolor paint will not adhere or stick to the resisted areas. Watercolor is a transparent medium and will contrast with the resist areas because crayon is an opaque medium. It looks cool! What you’ll need: Pencil Paper Water Color Paints (preferably dark colors) Paint Brush Crayons (preferably light color crayons, even white) Step One:…

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