Cubism- Juan Gris

Our Creative Tots learned about Picasso and Gris as they were the pioneers for cubism. Our little artists did a fantastic job creating their own collages.


February Artist of the Month – Georgia O’Keeffe

This month’s In-class Art Enrichment welcomes the Spring with the colorful flowers of artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

“The artistic brilliance of Georgia O’Keeffe revolutionized modern art in both her time and in the present.  With her paintings she vividly portrayed the power and emotion of objects of nature.  This was first seen in her charcoal drawings of silhouetted bud-like forms exhibited in 1916 that brought her fame.  During the 1920s , she explored this theme in her magnified paintings of flowers which to this day enchant people amorously, although her purpose was to convey that nature in all its beauty was as powerful as the widespread industrialization of the period. 

After spending a summer in New Mexico, Georgia O’Keeffe, enthralled by the barren landscape and expansive skies of the desert, would explore the subject of animal bones in her paintings of the 1930s and 1940s.  Just as with the flowers, she painted the bones magnified and captured the stillness and remoteness of them, while at the same time expressing a sense of beauty that lies within the desert.” 

Take a look at the work of Georgia O’Keeffe below.  You can also click here to visit the official website for Georgia O’Keeffe and discover the beauty in nature as Georgia saw it.

Our Art Tots learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and her ability to look at the beauty of small objects in everyday live and make them into large portraits of beauty.  Pre-K Art Tots created larger than life flowers through scissors, paper and glue emphasizing the beauty in enlarging the detail.  Preschool and Early 3 Art Tots used paint and watercolor dobbers to manipulate the surface of their flower petals before cutting and assembling them together.  Our Toddler Art Tots were true artists as they used tissue paper shapes on the paper, painting water over them and letting the powdered pigment loose onto their paper.  What amazing results!

Art Tots learned this month that all it takes is a walk outside on a nice day with paper and crayons in hand to find the perfect subject matter to draw, paint and create.  We developed our spacial awareness of the page by being sure that our artwork was able to touch all four sides of the page.

Don’t forget our All School Art Show and March of Dimes Fundraiser is on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars for this unforgettable event and view all the fabulous work I have been blogging about!  🙂  For Details about the fundraiser click here.

Some of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe:

Georgia O'Keeffe Poppy

Georgia O'Keeffe White Flower On Red Earth

Georgia O'Keeffe Poppies

Examples of our Art Tots work:

Pre-K Artwork - Larger Than Life Flowers

Preschool and Early 3 Painted Flowers

Toddler - Bleeding Tissue Flowers

Creative Tots Artist Of The Month – Romare Bearden

This month’s in class Art Enrichment took us on a journey exploring the artwork of Romare Bearden.

Romare Bearden is among the preeminent artists of his generation. His powerful works represent the places where he lived and worked: the rural South; northern cities, principally Pittsburgh and New York’s Harlem; and the Caribbean island of St. Martin.  Throughout his career Bearden also made forays into abstraction, usually with musical associations. His work  includes not only collages and Projections (photostats) for which he is best known but also a selection of watercolors, gouaches, and oils, many of which have rarely been exhibited.

Take a look at the work of Romare Bearden below.  You can also click here to visit the Romare Bearden Foundation to explore the influence Bearden had on art and community.

Our Art Tots discovered all about Bearden’s work.  We discussed how some artists use recycled materials to create their artwork.  Sometimes making something new out of discarded pictures and/or objects can create the most beautiful artwork.  Art Tots explored the collages Bearden made of the people and places he encountered on a daily basis.  In this we discussed how “Urban Artists” often found the most interesting subjects by simply looking out their own window.  We also discussed how each of us have the same number of eyes, noses, mouths and ears but we are all unique.  Art Tots discovered that the world would be a very boring place if everyone looked exactly the same.

With this thought in mind, Art Tots created this month’s art project as a collage of facial features from all of our preschool friends.  Preschool and Pre-K classes explored the correct proportion and placement of facial features as the Early 3 and Toddler classes concentrated on the abstractions of the face.  Take a look below Romare Bearden’s examples to see the outstanding work of our Art Tots!  They are a talented bunch!!

Don’t forget that I am holding on to our Art Tots work from in class Art Enrichment to display in our fabulous Art Show in March.  Mark your calendars for this unforgettable event.

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden

Our Art Tots work:

Pre-K Art Tot

Preschool Art Tot


Early 3's Art Tot

Toddler Art Tot


Toddler Art Tot

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