The Arts

Layers of Learning art includes visual arts like painting and sculpture as well as art appreciation, crafts, poetry, music, and plays.  Get creative with hands-on crafting, painting, playing, printables, and other family adventures.  Try some arts explorations now.


An Effortless Roll-A-Kandinsky Expressionist Art Lesson

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can do the Roll-A-Kandinsky exploration with your whole family together. The Roll-A-Kandinsky art exploration is from Layers of Learning Unit 4-8 about the art movement called Expressionism. Within the unit, you will find lots more hands-on projects and explorations to help your family […]

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Native American Sand Painting

Enchanting Navajo Sand Paintings You Can Make

Explore the beliefs of the Navajo and other Native American tribes, then create your own sand painting with this simple combination art/history lesson.

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How To Sketch Your Own Photorealistic Portrait Like Norman Rockwell

Learn all about photorealism and Norman Rockwell and his process of turning photographs into paintings. Then design your own Saturday Evening Post Cover on the free printable cover.

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A Tiger and lamb lying down together

“The Lamb” and “The Tyger” – Investigate The Romantic Poems of William Blake

Here’s a discussion guide on “The Lamb” and “The Tyger,” poems by William Blake. You’ll also find a printable to help your kids define and express their own thoughts about the poems.

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Painted Collage Art

How To Create Painted Collage Art With Your Kids

Make your own painted collage art with a variety of colors, textures, lines, and shapes. Along the way, learn about collage art from the Byzantines, Picasso, Braque, and Eric Carle.

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How To Design a Postage Stamp of Tall Tales

Design your own postage stamp about any famous person, story, historical event, scientific discovery, painting, or anything else you can dream up.

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How To Create Moody One Color Paintings

One color paintings will teach kids about monochromatic color schemes, hues, tints, shades, and the emotion that colors evoke.

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How To Teach Shape With Easy Foil Shape Art

Shape is one of the basic elements of art. As you explore any painting or work of art, you can understand it in terms of its elements. Come explore shape and the role it plays.

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Print and Color a Free “How Raven Stole The Sun” Native American Legend

This free printable booklet of the legend of How Raven Stole the Sun is a perfect companion to your study of Native American myths. Your kids can illustrate it as they read the legend.

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How to Paint a Colorful Audubon Bird

John James Audubon was a naturalist and wildlife painter during the Romantic Period. He loved birds and created one of the most beloved bird painting collections in the world. Learn about Romantic painting and Audubon as you create your own stunning bird art.

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How To Make A Medieval Book Craft

Make a medieval book by stitching the pages together and sewing on a cover. Use the book to collect things you learn about the middle ages.

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How to Do a Quick Draw Art Lesson Warm-Up

Use a quick draw as a little warm-up at the beginning of any art lesson and watch your kids’ artistic confidence and creativity blossom.

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