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.



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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Photorealism & 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.

A Tiger and lamb lying down together

The Lamb and The Tyger

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.

Painted Collage Art

Painted Collage Art

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.

Design A Postage Stamp

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

One Color Paintings

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

Art Element: Shape

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.

Audubon’s Birds

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.

No-Cook Play Dough

This No-Cook Play Dough recipe makes a terrific salt dough for your Layers of Learning Projects. Try out our free unit, Unit 1-1, and use the salt dough as you craft a ziggurat and make clay cuneiform tablets. There are lots of activities for your whole family to learn from and do together in Layers …

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