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FREE ART LESSON: PAINT LIKE CLAUDE MONET

FREE ART LESSON: PAINT LIKE CLAUDE MONET

FREE ART LESSON: PAINT LIKE CLAUDE MONET

Here at A Little Bite Studio, we adore nature and all the beautiful details in our environment like delicate flowers, beautiful branches and foliage. This week we will look at the very impressive, French painter, famous for his beautiful landscape work, Claude Monet.

 

(Please note: These lessons have been designed for kids but adults are always welcome to get involved too!)

  

PAINT LIKE CLAUDE MONET

A LITTLE BITE OF HISTORY

If you look closely at Monet’s work, his artworks look a little fuzzy (some may even think they might look messy). From afar you can see what he has painted, but there isn’t a lot of focus on the details. Monet wanted to capture moments in time. He worked very quickly, using quick brushstrokes of paint. He was considered an impressionist artist, which means that he would paint his ‘impression’ of how he believed something would look, as if it was happening right in front of you.

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Can you believe Monet painted more than 250 water lilies? 

Do you think you could paint something again and again just like Monet?

 

Want to read more about CLAUDE MONET? Click here

LET'S PICK OUR FAVOURITE COLOURS! 

ACTIVITY: Pick your favourite colour!

Monet loved using colours! He used lavender and pink to paint puffy clouds, purple and turquoise to paint the water... 

If you look even closer you will notice that Monet used even many, many colours in his paintings.

Practise making your own colours by mixing some paint colours together. Use the sheet below and see what colours you end up with!

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • Our print out of Monet’s Artwork ‘Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies’ - Scroll below to download

  • 1 canvas (A4-sized - we used a piece of cardboard)

  • Acrylic paints (red, white, yellow, and black)

  • A paint tray

  • 1 medium-sized paintbrush

  • A water cup

  • A tea towel (to dry your brush)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP  1:  Painting the Background

You are going to paint your own version of the painting ‘Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies’. 

Look at Monet’s artwork and focus on all the main elements and colours you can see. Completely cover your canvas in different coloured paints to fill the entire background. Allow your brush to flow over the canvas, enjoy the feel of the paint and let your brushstrokes show!

 

STEP 2: Capture the Light!

 

Like Monet would have done, use little strokes (or dabs) using bright coloured paints to represent the touches of light that you can see in Monet’s painting.

 

If the paint has dried, squint your eyes!

Squinting helps you to see the big shapes and movement in the image. 

 

What an AMAZING artwork, created in true CLAUDE MONET style! 

Once your paint has dried, look at your artwork while squinting your eyes! Just like Monet’s artworks do, the way you quickly painted your artwork makes it look fuzzy,  like the objects are moving!

 

PAINTING CHALLENGE: Paint a Series of Painting

Challenge yourself to create a series of paintings like Monet. He painted many subjects again and again, but with different light, times of the day and in different seasons. Every single one of his paintings are different, even though the subjects in some of them are the same.

 

Here are a couple of creations from this lesson, painted by our students...

Were you inspired by this CLAUDE MONET ART LESSON? 

If you were, please share it with your friends to inspire them too! We would absolutely love to see what you create! Please send us any photos of your art, to alittlebitesyd@gmail.com.

 

Lots of love

Grace x

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Click below to download Monet’s Artwork ‘Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies’

Click below to download your FREE CLAUDE MONET colouring sheet.

 

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FOLLOW THESE LINKS TO LEARN MORE:

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Here at @alittlebitestudio, we use classic artworks and techniques to inspire little + big creatives to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully. We believe Art appreciation builds confidence, problem-solving and social skills, and has a positive impact on all areas of life.

 

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FREE LESSON: Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait.

FREE LESSON: Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait.

FREE LESSON: Frida Kahlo's Self Portraits

  

Frida Kahlo's Self Portraits

Here at A Little Bite Studio we love our flowers and foliage! We are so inspired by artists that use nature in their art and this week we are excited to bring you a study on the iconic painter, known best for her self-portraitsFRIDA KAHLO. 

(Please note: These lessons have been designed for kids but adults are always welcome to get involved too!)

 

 A LITTLE BITE OF HISTORY

The spectacularly stylish Frida Kahlo is a 20th Century mexican artist who famously created many self portraits. Most notably in 1938 she created a piece, which she called ‘The Frame’. The following year in 1939 it was purchased by The Louvre, in Paris, France, and is now on display in Musée National d'Art Moderne. 

She was the first mexican artist to have her work purchased by a major international museum. Frida Kahlo is well known for her portraits. She created 143 paintings, and of these, fifty-five are self-portraits. She is an icon and inspiration for women across the world!

Want to read more about Frida Kahlo? Click here

 
The Frame, by Frida Kahlo (1938)

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WHAT MADE FRIDA KAHLO SO SPECIAL?

Mexican ArtHer paintings are wonderfully colourful, bright, patterned, and symbolic that is strongly influenced by Mexican folk culture. It is full of feathers, flowers, dancing, music, and texture.

AnimalsShe often added animals in her self-portraits, such as monkeys, parrots, a hairless dog, and a deer.

FlowersOne of the most identifying features of Frida Kahlo’s appearance were the flowers she used in her hair, piled high. 

 

Let's celebrate all the little things about us that makes us special just like Frida!

 

STEP 1:

Record all the things that make you special. You can draw these or write them down, or both!

Download our inspiration sheet below!

STEP 2:

Sketch your face. 

You are incredibly special! Everything about you makes you uniquely you.

Get to know your face! Use a mirror and take a good look at all the details on your face. Sketch all the features that make you uniquely you, that you can see. Draw your hair, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and don’t forget your eyebrows! 

Kahlo was known for exaggerating what she felt were her weakest features. She decided to paint her thick, black eyebrows as one long eyebrow that stretched across her face. You might hear people  call this a ‘unibrow’Kahlo also painted the little hairs above her lips so that they were very obvious, like a moustache.

Think about how you want to draw your beautiful facial features!

Download our activity sheet below, to sketch your face.

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 x A3-sized canvas (we used a piece of cardboard)
  • A range of flower images from magazine clippings (or print your own from the internet)
  • 1 x Glue stick
  • Acrylic paint (red, white, yellow, and black)
  • A small range of other acrylic paint (bright colours)
  • Paint tray
  • 1 x Medium-sized paintbrush
  • 1 x Water cup
  • 1 x Tea towel (to dry your brush)
  • portrait of Frida Kahlo (download our printable here)
  • Optional decorationsglitter, pom poms, etc.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1:  PLANNING THE DETAILS

 FREE FRIDA KAHLO ART LESSON FOR KIDS

Assemble your flower images on your canvas, just below the top (this will give you an indication of how big you would like your face to be). When you are happy with your layout, glue the flower images onto your canvas with a glue stick. Be sure to cover the back of the whole flower with glue, so it sticks well.

 

STEP 2: PAINTING THE FACE

 FREE FRIDA KAHLO ART LESSON FOR KIDS

Blend a little bit of red, white and yellow paint together on a paint tray, to create a colour that you feel matches the skin colour of your face. You might need to add a little bit more white to lighten the colour you have created. If you get stuck, you could ask your parents for some help.

Using your new skin-coloured paint, start painting the shape of your face and neck. Refer to your ‘Sketch My Face’ activity sheet from our warm-up, and paint all your unique facial features onto your painting (ie. your eyes, nose, mouth, etc).

Next use your bright colours to paint your shoulders and body all the way down to the bottom of your canvas. Be creative with your design. Remember Kahlo loved using colourful patterns in her art!

Don’t be nervous about wanting to get it right. Give it a go! If you make a mistake you can always paint over the outline until you are happy with your work. Artists make changes and add to their paintings all the time!

 

STEP 3: THE BACKGROUND

 FREE FRIDA KAHLO ART LESSON FOR KIDS

This is your self-portrait, inspired by Kahlo, and it celebrates your uniqueness. Paint your background in colours that inspire you. You do not need to stick to just one colour. Be creative! You might want to also add some of your favourite shapes and patterns as well.

 

STEP 4: ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES

FREE FRIDA KAHLO ART LESSON FOR KIDS

While the paint is still wet, feel free to decorate further and add glitter, pom poms or other small materials to your self-portrait, that reflect you and your unique self.

 



What an AMAZING self-portrait, created in true Kahlo style! 

Here are a couple of creations from our students...

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Were you inspired by this FRIDA KAHLO ART LESSON? If you were, please share it with your friends so they can be inspired too! 

We would absolutely love to see what you create! Please send any photos of your art to alittlebitesyd@gmail.com.

 

Lots of love

Grace x

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 Click below to download your FREE FRIDA KAHLO colouring sheet.

FREE FRIDA KAHLO ART LESSON FOR KIDS

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FOLLOW THESE LINKS TO LEARN MORE:

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Here at @alittlebitestudio, we use classic artworks and techniques to inspire little + big creatives to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully. We believe Art appreciation builds confidence, problem-solving and social skills, and has a positive impact on all areas of life.

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FREE LESSON: Coco Chanel’s, CHANEL No. 5

FREE LESSON: Coco Chanel’s, CHANEL No. 5

FREE LESSON: Coco Chanel’s, CHANEL No. 5

PAINTING COCO CHANEL'S SIGNATURE PERFUME, CHANEL NO. 5

FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS

With Mother's day just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share one of my favourite art lessons with you!

 

This week we will study the iconic fashion designer, COCO CHANEL.


(Please note: These lessons have been designed for kids but adults are always welcome to get involved too!)

FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS

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A LITTLE BITE OF HISTORY

 

Chanel No. 5 is one of the most iconic perfumes in the world! Why the No. 5? One day Coco Chanel visited a fortune teller who told her that this was her lucky number!

 

  • Want to read more about Coco Chanel? Click here.
  • Read more about Coco Chanel’s signature scent,  Chanel No. 5, here.

 

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Step 1

Collect some flowers and fruits in a small bowl. Smell them! 

What do they smell like? 

How do they make you feel? 

If you were to design your own perfume, what would you want it to smell like and why?

Write down some adjectives describing how the different smells made you feel (e.g. happy, confident, beautiful, etc).

 

Step 2

Think of colours associated with the words that you wrote down in the last step. For example,

“When I smelt the rose it made me feel beautiful. PINK reminds me of the word beautiful.”

The scent of the lemon made me feel happy. YELLOW is a happy colour!”

This activity might help you to decide which colours you might want to use in your painting.

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You will need:

  • 1 tea towel
  • 1 medium-sized paintbrush
  • 2-3 light coloured paints
  • 1 dark coloured paint
  • A water cup
  • A small canvas (anything bigger than A5)
  • A pencil
  • Some A4 paper
  • Our Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle template (click here to download)
  • Glitter and sequins to decorate

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    HOW TO:

    Step 1: The Background

    Squeeze your paint colours directly onto your canvas. Spread out the colours with your paintbrush until they fill all the empty spaces. Try not to mix the colours, let the edges touch but let them sit side-by-side.

     

    What do you think about how the colours look against each other

     

    Once you are happy with your background set it aside and leave it to dry. 

    FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS

     

    Step 2: Drawing Practice

    Use your pencil and your piece of paper to sketch the shape of the Chanel No.5 perfume bottle. Use our template as a guide (below). Do this a few times until you feel confident to draw the shape of the bottle.

     

    Step 3: Painting

    Once you feel confident, use your dark coloured paint to paint the outline of the perfume bottle with your paintbrush in the middle of your canvas. 

     

    Don’t be nervous about wanting to get it right. Give it a go! If you make a mistake you can always paint over the outline until you are happy with your work. Artists make changes to their paintings all the time!

    FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS

    Step 4: Adding Detail

    Use your dark coloured paint to paint a name on to the bottle. You can make your details exactly like Chanel No. 5 perfume, or you can be creative! We’ve chosen to name our bottle, COCO CHANEL. You could even try painting your own name!

    FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS

    Step 5: Adding More Detail

    Use your glitter and sequins to decorate your painting. Carefully place, or gently scatter, your decorations on to your canvas while the paint is still wet. The glitter and sequins will stick to the paint and you won’t need to use any glue!

    FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS

     

    Step 6: Adding the Final Touches

    Using the other end of your paintbrush (the end with no bristles) carefully draw the Chanel logo (see image below). This is one technique you can use to add more texture to your painting.



    FREE CHANEL ART LESSON FOR KIDS


    And there you have it, your very own Chanel No. 5 artwork! Here are a couple of creations from my students...

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    I hope you enjoyed this art lesson! It is one of my absolute favourites and I cannot wait to share more lessons with you soon. Also, I would absolutely love to see what you create! Please send any photos of your art to alittlebitesyd@gmail.com.

     

    Lots of love

    Grace x

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    Click here to download our CHANEL No. 5 perfume bottle template

      FREE CHANEL ART PRINTABLE

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        Still keen for more? Here are some more FREE DOWNLOADS!

        Coco Chanel


        Click here to download your FREE Coco Chanel colouring sheet.

        FREE CHANEL ART PRINTABLE

        The Little Black Dress


        Coco Chanel also made popular the idea of the LBD (Little Black Dress), which women could wear all day long, by simply complementing them with various accessories. She proved that black can be elegant. 


        If you have dreamed of becoming a fashion designer like Coco Chanel,  start your practice with our FREE Little Black Dress template, and decorate your own beautiful dress! Click here to download.

         

        FREE CHANEL ART PRINTABLE

        Here at @alittlebitestudio, we use classic artworks and techniques to inspire little + big creatives to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully. We believe Art appreciation builds confidence, problem-solving and social skills, and has a positive impact on all areas of life.

          Continue reading