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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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On October 24th 2015, we will be celebrating our son’s Logan’s bar mitzvah. Bar mitzvah literally translates to “son of commandment” or “Law.”

My research suggests that the celebratory Bar Mitzvah became a Jewish tradition some four hundred years ago. As for the cause of the celebration, this is the day when a Jewish person is given the agreement and privilege of observing Gā€‘d’s commandments. For boys it’s age 13 and girl’s age 12.

Many kids, Jewish or not, want a bar mitzvah for the art of the reception. Every boy knows its theme way before they become men at the age of 13. My son loves exotic cars, Barcelona soccer, and that will be his theme. Stage one completed; Let the fun time ...

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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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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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