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For this art class, similar to the Performance Art class we diverged from out standard three artist/three project structure. So many of the artists that we have learned about so far such as: Yayoi Kusama, Christo and Jeanne Claude, James Turrell, and Sol Lewitt are installation artists so we brought them up again since so many students had already learned about them. …


For this class we focused on all sorts of illustrators for children’s media. There are so many great children’s illustrators, it was hard to choose just three! We chose these artists because of their individual methods and techniques — each of them does art in a specific and different way from the other people but they create art that is exciting and entertaining in its own way.

Our first artist is Mary Blair, an Oklahoma born artist who produced concept art and animation for Disney Studios. Blair trained at the Chouinard Art Institute in LA after winning a scholarship for…


This class came to be when over the course of the other classes we were teaching we found that the students had never really been taught color theory. Some of them knew their primary colors and what it meant for a color to be warm or cool. But many of them didn’t understand why the colors they mixed so often turned brown or grey — and even more didn’t understand how we knew and warned them what would happen when they were mixing colors. …


We start a lot of classes by asking the students if they have ever heard of the type of art we are talking about that day, and sometimes they have, but most of the time they haven’t. This was a class where some students raised their hands quickly to name museums or sculpture gardens they had been to but the more we talked about what made a sculpture the more students raised their hand and said they had seen a sculpture or statue just the other day or there was one near their house. …


This class was all about Modern artists who use the concept of a grid in their work. These three artists were pivotal in the proliferation of the use of grids in the art world in the 1900’s.

Our first artist is Agnes Martin who was born in Saskatchewan in 1912. She grew up with a stern mother and was often alone as a child and learned to be self-reliant. She was a good swimmer and tried out for the Olympic team, and she studied to be a teacher. Martin was also diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a young adult. It…


This class was all about light and the artists who use it as canvas, tool, and medium. Our artists this week harness something ephemeral and make it into something that lasts. The projects this week are all simple but so effective in making the students think about making art out of something they encounter constantly.

Our first artist is James Turrell, who was born in Los Angeles, California in 1943. He received his pilots license when he was 16 and flew humanitarian missions in China and Tibet. Turrell loved observing the earth and the sky without the constrictions of roads…


For this class we looked at artists who make art through performance: art that is created through actions performed by the artist or the participation of the audience. This is a different type of art than we usually do and it requires a lot of participation and being ok with looking or feeling silly. These are also great activities to do at home where you can have space to move around and a lot of different household materials to use in fun new ways.

Our first artist is Nick Cave who was born in Missouri in 1959. His most well…


This class was all about artists who do work with portraits. Each artists style is radically different and it allowed the students to learn three different styles of portraiture — a skill that can be daunting to any artist. To keep the students from worrying too much about painting themselves we used photographs of each of them for the activities. If you want you child or student to work on painting or sketching themselves then you can do any of the activities but replace the photographs with their own artwork! …


This week we are talking about artists who rely on shapes of all kinds to make their art. That may seem like a broad category but these artists use shapes in a way unique to them — if you saw their art you would know who made it right away. Some use straight lines and some use squiggles, some use lots of colors and some are more simple but for each of them simple shapes convey emotion and thought.

Our first artist is Keith Haring — one of NAC’s favorite artists! …


This week we are looking at artists who use textiles in their art through embroidery, quilting, and knitting in mixed media pieces. Sewing can be a hard thing to teach to children but the small amounts of sewing in some of these projects is a great way to introduce them to sewing in a low-stress and manageable way.

Our first artist is Faith Ringgold, born in Harlem, NY, in 1930. She is a painter, sculptor, performance artist, writer, illustrator, and teacher. Much of the art she makes, especially at the beginning of her career, was politically motivated about the struggle…

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