Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We Love Kids Get Arty: Exploring the Great Artists with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Inspired by Red Ted Art

Kids Get Arty from Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art is a wonderful bi-monthly link-up and arts education series. She inspired me to find creative ways to introduce my sons to great artists and to explore numerous artistic styles and approaches with them, even at young ages. If you're even a tiny bit intimidated by the idea of exploring art with your children, Red Ted Art and this series will absolutely help you get started through its fun and accessible ideas.

We've now explored Andy Warhol, Vincente Van Gogh, Romero Britto, Inocente, Molly Upton, Diego Rivera and Robert Rauschenberg -- and in some pretty creative ways. My 2.5 and 4 year-old sons began exploring the great artists a year and a half ago proving that even toddlers and preschoolers can explore the great artists.

Here's what we've done so far as we've explored the great artists: 

(We shared a Britto-inspired Letter A Color By Number Sheet here). 

(Try the Britto hearts and this Inocente project as part of your Valentine's Day-related activities). 

(This one was a community art project, rather than an activity I did with the boys. 
Most of the participants were elementary school children). 

I'm planning another Romero Britto inspired art project that I hope to share on the blog very soon! I love his heart art and always get inspired to revisit his work each year around Valentine's Day.

For more Kids Get Arty ideas, visit Red Ted Art and get inspired.

P.S. Red Ted Art is also one of my favorite people to follow on Pinterest for great ideas for art projects with kids along with Tinkerlab, The Artful Parent, and Artchoo.

Sharing at: Hands On Play, Mom's Library, Artsy Play Wednesday, and Outdoor Play Party

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