We are off and running with another exciting art year at CCE! For our first project we studied the works of Paul Klee, a German artist who was inspired by children's art, nature and music. If you look at his work you can certainly find these influences. According to Klee, a line is a dot that goes for a walk. The children are painting lines onto chalk and their art is very much like the abstract work of Paul Klee. Beautiful!Our 2nd project is all about New Orleans artist Ida Kohlmeyer. She loved her abstract shapes. (We are also learning about geometric and organic shapes) You can find Ida's art outside the Aquarium and in the New Orleans Museum of Art sculpture garden. I hope you and your child can go check it out. For our next project we are looking at American artist Wayne Thiebaud (TEE BOE). He is 93 years old, lives in California and is famous for painting desserts. After learning about lines that become shapes, we are looking at how shapes become forms. We can do this by adding dark, medium and light values - it's the old shadow trick! The students are painting ice cream cones.After creating form on flat paper we are really creating form with clay pinch pots. And we are learning about how Native Americans used to make all kinds of art including pottery and they still do. We are learning that Native Americans were very close to nature and took good care of our planet earth.Looking for art classes? Try Rembrandt Studios in Slidell and/or Bruce Hume Art website, or Art Time in Mandeville. If your children like art just keeping plenty of art supplies handy at home and keep encouraging them to look at all kinds of art. Artsonia website has lots of children's art from all over the country - it's great for generating ideas.