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Can you imagine standing on a platform with your head tilted up and painting on a ceiling?

That is exactly what Michelangelo did when he created one of his most famous works of art on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel located within the Vatican in Rome. While the story is often told that he painted while on his back, this is not actually what happened. Instead, he was standing, and the position was so difficult that he wrote a poem telling about the difficulties of the position he used to paint.

The ceiling is 131 feet long and 43 feet wide. It took Michelangelo more than 4 years to complete the painting, which was made up of 9 scenes from the Book of Genesis. Michelangelo built a special scaffold which was attached from the ceiling, rather than the floor to reach the ceiling.

Of course, we don’t want you to be uncomfortable while you create art. To experience what Michelangelo did when he was painting the Sistine Chapel, you can do the following project – and since it won’t be for 4 years we think it will be fun:

  • Take a large piece of paper and tape it on the wall so that the middle of the page is at eye level.

  • You can use crayons, watercolors, pastels or paints to create your images.

  • Draw whatever you would like on your own “ceiling”. Use big figures and colors, filling the entire page.

  • Imagine that you were standing on a big platform while painting your image high above the floor.

When you are done with the image, take a picture and post it on our Facebook Page at Mothers Art world together with your description of how it felt standing up to create your art. We can’t wait to see what you share.

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) was an Italian Renaissance painter, architect, sculptor, poet and engineer. His art had a profound impact on the development of Western art. You have probably seen pictures of some of his famous works including the sculpture of David and the Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Michelangelo was the most famous living artist of his time, and is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. He lived until age 88, producing a huge number of works. He is known today as one of the greatest artists of all time, and a number of his paintings and sculptures are immediately recognizable.

What is Renaissance Art?

Renaissance art is the painting, sculpture and decorative...

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Children who are exposed to art education do better in reading and math than those who are not. They are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds. When children are exposed to hands-on art activities, they are able to process their emotions in a safe way.

Providing ways for your child to experience art making and art education provides they with invaluable opportunities to:

  • Learn creativity – a way to put together two or more ideas in a new way. In today’s economy, creative problem solving is crucial to success. It will be even more important as our children become adults. The International Child Art Foundation tells us “…a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property – key attributes for individual success…

  • Build Fine Motor Skills – increasing coordination and dexterity while holding a crayon, using scissors, using a paintbrush or squishing playdough. So much fun to be had while developing essential motor skills.

  • Become better problem solvers – creating art means making choices, determining composition, shapes, colors. Problem solving skills are developed through experimenting with different ideas and evaluating the results.

  • Make sense of their world – by expressing feelings, emotions and describing things in their world through creating art. Big ideas, for example “what colors can the sky be?” are be explored through drawing and painting. Structure and form – how things fit together – can be discovered through cutting paper and making a collage. Creating art is a safe and fun way to express emotions and feelings that children don’t yet have the words for.

  • Connect to each other – art levels the playing field and provides a way to communicate and have fun together regardless of age, race and abilities. Children love to create art projects and can sit side by side involved in their own creative process while forging strong connections with one another.

Children need art because it makes them become more effective, productive and resourceful adults and isn’t that what we all want for our children?

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Developing your child’s creativity will help him or her become more successful in school. There are also many studies that have proven that the development of creativity in young children leads to greater success with personal relationships, and later careers.

I’m often asked where do you get your creativity? How do you think fast on your feet? How do you use certain approach and why? I am convinced it started when I was as young as 4, when my parents first started to expose me to arts and crafts.

When children are exposed to art and encouraged to create it, they become more confident,better problem solvers, better able to focus and take on the harder, more complex projects.

Children are naturally creative. Parents helping t...

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I’m overjoyed to announce that A Moment With Monet, the newest book in the “Meet The Artist Series”, is now available! A Moment With Monet is a fun romp through the world of Claude Monet, where his ideas about art and the artist are explored in a kid-friendly adventure. Art history should be silly and fun, and that’s what I’ve tried to share with A Moment With Monet. Please take a look at the book and consider picking up a copy to help spread the word about art education.

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Art and art history are not being taught in schools, even though it’s been proven, over and over again, that studying art leads to better academic achievement. It’s the Mothers Art World mission to change this tren...

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Charles Peale, Self-Portrait, 1795

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Jackson Pollock – Convergence

“When I am painting I have a general notion as to what I am about. I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident.” – Jackson Pollock

Do you remember a few weeks ago, when we talked about fingerpainting, we had you create whatever shapes you wanted, using whatever colors you felt like in the moment? We’re going to have you do ALMOST the same thing…although this time, we’re going to suggest some colors based on what psychologists believe they represent.

Art is art, yes, and much of it is inspiration. No one can tell you exactly what something means in the creative world. Things are often subjective when you are painting, but there is a time and place to stu...

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A famous portrait – The Mona Lisa

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”- Oscar Wilde

Portraits are a HUGE part of art. Whether you’re admiring the Mona Lisa or seeing someone paint caricatures at the amusement park, portraits are all over. They’re fun to create, too!

Are you ready to dive in? All you need to get going are the following:

  • Paper

  • Pencil

  • Color Pencils

  • A hard surface to draw on

  • A person who is willing to sit in front of you while you draw (and maybe a chair for them to sit on) or even a photograph

As you begin, make sure to have your person (let’s call him or her the subject) sitting in some sort of light. After all, you’ll want to make sure you can see the subject—especially because you’ll need to get some detail in your art.

Begin by drawing the shape of the subject’s head. The ea...

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Pablo Picasso said, “Painting is another way of keeping a diary”. Keeping a journal is a great way to capture the daily events, feelings and activities that are important to you. Using art as a way to journal is not only fun, it will also develop your artistic abilities.

There are a lot of different ways to use your art journal. You can have an everyday journal that you use to save random thoughts, drawings, collages, etc. If you are getting ready to travel – or have just returned – you can create a travel journal to capture your trip.

Your art journal also gives you a way to experiment with different techniques. For example, you could collage some pages, use watercolor on others, and use some pages for found obj...

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