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George Washington, 1779-1781
Oil on canvas
95 x 61 3/4 in. (241.3 x 156.8 cm)

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‘Learning to Observe Trivia’

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (detail), 1508-1512, fresco
40 m x 13 m (131 ft. x 43 ft.)
The Vatican, Rome, Italy

1. Why did Michelangelo paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Answer:
More than twenty years after the completion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the front wall of the chapel with a scene depicting The Last Judgment. Again he chose the technique of “fresco,” to paint this artwork.

Beside painting, and sculpting, Michelangelo also worked extensively as an architect. His most famous architectural work is the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, which was completed after his death.

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Today we will look at a portrait by an impressionist artist, Pier Auguste Renoir. Click Here!

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I will be blogging about art related new, and how it relates to real life, dreams, kids, marriage, school, careers etc.. It's real facts that you may or may not know...

This week is about:Using Art to Capture your DreamsVincent Van Gogh said, “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." We all have dreams, goals, and inspirations. Some dreams are in our state of subconscious, when we are sleeping, but most of our dreams are of what we want to accomplish or experience in the near future.Dreams that we have when we are sleeping can be very helpful in our awake state. One of my favorite theories about dreaming is that it represents our most creative state, when random facts, experiences, thoughts are put together to...

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Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. As parents we know that creativity and problem solving are skills are children need. More so now than ever before. As adults, each of our kids will need to be able to think outside of the box and be innovative problem solvers. The foundation for that ability is imagination.

Imagination opens the doors of new worlds for your child. When youngsters play, creating pretend worlds, they learn acting and different imaginary roles. When you child imagines new ways of doing things it helps to develop their critical thinking skills. Each time your child creates a fort from a box, pretends to fly, or takes clay to create a sculpture, he or she is learning a new way to relat...

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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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Renoir often painted different kinds of fruit using bright colors and big strokes. This types of painting or drawing is called a still life.

Here is how you can create your own still life.

  • Use crayons, pastels, colored pencils or paints. Choose bright colors for your work.

  • You can use paper or canvas (if you are making a painting)

  • Pick out some fruit that you have at home or find a picture of fruit that you like.

  • Create your own still life remembering to use lots of colors with big, loose strokes.

When you are done, share it with us on our Mothers Art World Facebook Page.

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February is the month that we celebrate Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) who was born in Limoges, France. Renoir was a prolific painter, creating several thousand paintings during his lifetime. He is considered a leading painter influencing the Impressionism movement as it evolved.

What is Impressionism?

Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. to quickly capture these instances of modern life were called “Impressionists&...

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