Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Summer, 1572. Oil on canvas. 36 x 27-2/4 in. Denver Art Museum; fund from Helen Dill bequest.
Creative Practice

Going on a Picnic

In this new twist on an old favorite, children will practice close looking by engaging their senses with an art object.

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Child standing in front of large pink and orange abstract painting of Sweet Potatoes at the Table by Roberto Juarez, 1987
Creative Practice

Eye Spy

Children will focus on seeing shape, color, and line in this game of Eye Spy with an art object.

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Theodore Waddell, Motherwell’s Angus, 1994. Oil paint on canvas. Denver Art Museum; Gift of Barbara J. and James R. Hartley.
Art Exploration

Tinker with Mark Making Tools

Using uncommon painting tools allow children creativity and a choice when determining what and how to create their artwork.

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Hadley Hooper, Tableau, 2016. Theater flats, paper, wheat paste, Ikea chairs. © Hadley Hooper.
Art Exploration

Seeing Texture

Inspired by the whimsical installation, Tableau, created by Hadley Hooper, this printmaking exploration invites children to discover textures and patterns of different tools and materials as they reveal colorful ink prints!

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Sam Gillam, Abacus Sliding, 1977
Art Exploration

Layers of Resist

Young artists will explore negative space by layering paper to resist paint and create a pattern. This activity will support children in discovering how to create shapes through resist.

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Ink pad and stamps laid out for artmaking
Art Exploration

Building Stamps

Using everyday materials, young artists will build their own stamps and explore the power of repetition in creating a pattern.

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Artist Melanie Yazzie
Lesson Spark

Collecting Things

As seen in her interview, artist Melanie Yazzie is never at a loss for ideas because she collects objects and images for a wall of inspiration in her studio.

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Hopi Eagle Dancer, Dan Namingha, 1995
Creative Practice

Sorting Box

Support children in building connections through looking closely and sharing their thoughts on the relationships between art objects and everyday materials.

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Road to Santa Fe, Theodore Van Soelen, 1948
Creative Practice

Shrinking Story

By engaging their imaginations, young children will notice details and think critically about their five senses as they “shrink” to fit inside any artwork.

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Blanket Story, Marie Watt, 2013, blankets and tags
Lesson Spark

Our Objects, Our Stories

Objects, like blankets, are important in telling the stories of our lives.

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