Discovering Famous Artists



Each week, children learn about a famous artist’s personal history and engage in hands-on activities to practice the artistic styles and techniques that famous artists used to create their beautiful, timeless works.


In this colorful and creative course, students learn how to discuss art, such as explaining the differences between abstract and realism art, and describing pointillism.

Together we explore how an art piece makes us feel, and how each work can affect us differently.


Discovering Famous Artists features an integrated curriculum, so as we study each artist, students will also learn about history, geography, and math as they practice language skills and develop critical thinking skills -- all in a fun and engaging way!

At the culmination of the program, students will have created their own art portfolio featuring their original works in the style of the world's famous artists.



By student, Age 10

By student, Age 10

claude monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926) was born in Paris, France. He was a great artist and helped invent an important style of painting called impressionism. Impressionists paint what an artist sees and feels rather than painting something exactly the way it looks. Monet was known for painting with short brush strokes, and dabbles and splashes of colors, catching light and reflection in his work. One of his most famous paintings is The Japanese Footbridge, which was on his property in France

andy warhol

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents had only recently moved to the United States from what is now Slovakia. As a child Warhol, was often sick, or thought he was sick, so he spent a lot of time in bed. During this time, Warhol drew many pictures. He also listened to the radio and collected pictures of celebrities.

During the 1960s, Warhol began creating the paintings he is best known for today. Warhol loved pop culture and he decided to paint what he loved. You may have guessed that he was a Pop Artist like Roy Lichtenstein. Warhol painted large pictures of Coca-Cola bottles, Campbell’s soup cans, and dollar bills. He also painted pictures of celebrities.

By student, Age 8

By student, Age 8

By student, Age 10

By student, Age 10

vincent van gogh

Vincent van Gogh (1853- 1890) was a Dutch artist. He made great paintings in his short life time. Vincent’s art was not well-known until after he died. He made a sketch of pitcher when he was 9 years old. It shows how well he could draw what he saw around him.

All of Vincent van Gogh’s 800 or more paintings were created in the last 10 years of his life. One way that van Gogh showed motion in his work was to make lines of color spreading into the background, swirling in concentric rings or circles. His paintings (ex: Starry Night) show rings of light surrounding stars in a nighttime sky. The paint looks like ripples made when a stone is tossed into a still puddle.

Van Gogh used deep, bright colors and whirling brush strokes to bring his subjects to life. He canvases are so filled with energy them seem alive!

"I try to apply color like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."

--Joan Miro (1893-1983), Spanish painter and sculptor