Welcome to the Kidz Art Stop a place that will inspire visual communication and development with a playful fun factor for the child and adult. This monthly article will include fun activities for the home, classroom, park, play ground or family vacation. Our focus at Kidz Art Stop is literacy and the arts, stimulating the child’s thinking while they explore and learn creatively.
Art is a process, not a product so it’s the process that brings great rewards!!
Join your child for creative play time and witness art in process!!
Creating art expands the child’s ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child’s development.
Art may seem like fun and games… and YES IT IS!… but you may not realize that your child is actually learning a lot through exploring the arts and doing art activities.
Did you know young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are 4 times likely to be recognized for academic achievement, are 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair, and are 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.
The facts are that art education makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries, and has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems, while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in afterschool and summer arts programs.
We all know children love to play, love imagination, and love to create stories, so here at Kidz Art Stop we have created wonderful projects that incorporate imagination, storytelling and creative play.
My Basquiat inspired Project
This Basquiat project is inspired by all the artwork creations and visions of Jean-Michel Basquiat. He loved to splash paint, spray paint, mix mediums, and add found items to his work.
Born December 22, 1960
Brooklyn, New York City,
Died August 12, 1988 (aged 27)
New York City,
Known for Graffiti, painting, poetry, musician, producer
Movement Neo-expressionism, primitivism.
WHAT IMAGES OR SHAPES CAN YOU THINK OF?
• Basquiat was born in Brooklyn and was the second of four children.
• His father, Gerard Basquiat, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and his mother, Matilde Basquiat, of Afro-Puerto Rican descent, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
• Matilde instilled a love for art in her young son by taking him to art museums in Manhattan and enrolling him as a junior member of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
• When he was 11, his mother was committed to a mental institution and thereafter spent time in and out of institutions
• At 15, Basquiat ran away from home. He slept on park benches in Tompkins Square Park, and was arrested and returned to the care of his father within a week.
• Basquiat dropped out of Edward R. Murrow High School in the tenth grade. His father banished him from the household and Basquiat stayed with friends in Brooklyn. He supported himself by selling T-shirts and homemade post cards.
• He was a successful artist in this period, but his growing heroin addiction began to interfere with his personal relationships.
• His heroin addiction and depression grew more severe. Despite an attempt at sobriety during a trip to Maui, Hawaii, Basquiat died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio on Great Jones Street in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood. He was 27.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT GALLERY
• Either White watercolor paper, canvas paper, or heavy stock paper
• Either poster or acrylic paint, crayons, magic markers, or crayons
• Pencil, Eraser and black magic marker to sketch out design and outline
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR WORK AREA BY PLACING NEWSPAPER OR A DROP CLOTH ON YOUR SURFACE AND ALWAYS CLEAN UP ONCE YOU ARE DONE, THAT WAY WHEN YOU ARE READY TO CREATE AGAIN YOUR WORKSPACE IS READY FOR YOU.
NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS THINK ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY, THE EARTH, THE WORLD OR YOUR FAMILY AND CREATE A JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT INSPIRED ART PIECE THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERNECE, SEND A MESSAGE, AND INSPIRE. DON’T BE SHY, BE COLORFUL, BOLD, BRAVE, HAPPY, FREE, BIG, AND INVENT SOMETHING NEW.
1. How many shapes do you see in your artwork?
2. Is your masterpiece a boy, girl, or animal?
3. How many colors did you use?
4. Where was Basquiat from?
5. What age was he when he died?
6. What was your favorite part of this project?
Remember Art is life and life is Art, so live it creatively!!!
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Article written by Mia Roman founder of Art By Mia. ©ArtByMia2014