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Remember the famous sculpture The Thinker?  The artist known for The Thinker is Auguste Rodin.  François-Auguste-René Rodin was born in a poor section of Paris, France, on November 12, 1840. He was the second son of Jean-Baptiste Rodin and Marie Cheffer. His father was employed as a clerk at the police department. He had one sister, Maria, who was two years older. Because of his nearsightedness, Auguste struggled in school, but seemed to find contentment while drawing. Largely self-taught up to the age of 13, he began his formal schooling at the age of 14 at Ecole Imperiale Speciale de Dessin et de Mathematiques, where he studied painting and drawing. For the next four years, he learned the basic skills of an artist.

Learn more about this famous artist with these free resources.  Print a high quality biography, complete a word search activity, and even learn to sculpt.  Enjoy the art gallery below too.

Printable Biography

Auguste Rodin Lesson Resources

Auguste Rodin | Word Search Worksheet
Goldfish Soap Sculpture | Sculpture Lesson
“Meet the Artist” Job Application | Worksheet

Art Gallery

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The Thinker (1902) by Auguste Rodin | Bronze Sculpture

The Thinker was initially a figure created for The Gates of Hell. The work shows a larger than life-size man sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as if to be deep in thought. The work was named The Thinker by foundry workers, who saw a certain similarity to Michelangelo’s sculpture of Lorenzo de Medici called “Il Penseroso” (The Thinker).

 

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Gates of Hell (1880-1917) by Auguste Rodin | Bronze Doors

Gates of Hell is a monumental sculpture depicting a scene from “The Inferno”, the first section of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. It stands at 19 feet high, 13 feet wide and 3 feet deep, with 180 figures. Some of the figures created for this project became separate and independent works, including The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss.

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The Burghers of Calais (1884-1889) by Auguste Rodin | Bronze Sculpture

The Burghers of Calais was commissioned by the town of Calais to commemorate the six citizens of Calais who gave their lives to save their fellow townspeople. It is one of Rodin’s most acclaimed works.

 

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Teach about how art and science complement each other. Alexander Calder’s art is a great way to explain kinetic art, art that moves. Learning about this sculptor and toy designer lends to easy and fun hands-on lessons. The following are links to a biography, coloring page, projects, video, and lesson plans to teach about Alexander Calder.

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) American Artist, Sculptor and Toy Maker

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Alexander Calder was born in 1898, in Lawnton, Pennsylvania. He was born into a family of artists. His father Alexander Stirling Calder was a prominent sculptor who created many public sculptures in the Philadelphia area. Calder’s mother, Nanette Lederer Calder, was a professional portrait painter who studied art in Paris before moving to Philadelphia where she met her husband Alexander Stirling Calder.

In 1902, at the age of four, Alexander completed his first sculpture – a clay elephant. In 1909, when he was in the fourth grade, Alexander sculpted a dog and a duck from a sheet of brass. The duck, which could rock back and forth, is one of his earliest examples of his interest in kinetic (moving) sculpture. Read the rest of Alexander Calder’s biography at www.makingartfun.com.

Free Printable Artist Biography

Printable Biography – Alexander Calder

Free Worksheet

Printable Word Search – Alexander Calder

Free Printable Coloring Page

Printable Coloring Page – Alexander Calder

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Free Lesson Plan and Project

Lesson Plan and Cookie Project with Free Printable Cookie Design Worksheet

Printable Cookie Design Worksheet

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Free Art Project Ideas

Pipe Cleaner Project – Alexander Calder

Fun Video with Instructions for Kinetic Art Project and Information about Alexander Calder

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Have you heard of Piet Mondrian?  Chances are that even if you haven’t heard of this amazing artist that you have seen his work, copied in clothing, shoes, architecture, and advertisements.  Below are ideas to explain how one artist can influence many other spheres of life.  In addition to the links and ideas below,  go to google images and type in “Piet Mondrian Influences.”  You and your student will be surprised how many different areas have been impacted by this artist.

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) Dutch Modern Artist

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Piet Mondrian was born in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, in 1872. He was the second of his parent’s children. At a very young age his father Pieter and his Uncle Fritz, both artists themselves, introduced Piet to the world of art.

In 1892, Mondrian entered the Academy for Fine Art in Amsterdam as a qualified teacher. While teaching at the academy he also practiced his painting. Most of his paintings from this period were of landscapes. These pastoral images of Holland included fields, cows and windmills. These paintings were representational, and show the influence that the pointillist (painting with dots) and fauvist (vivid colors) movements had on him. Read more…

Free Printable Artist Biography

Printable Biography – Piet Mondrian

Free Worksheets

Printable Word Search – Piet Mondrian

Printable “Meet the Artist” Job Application Worksheet

Free Printable Coloring Page

Printable Coloring Page – Piet Mondrian

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Free Lesson Plan with Art Project

Lesson Plan – Piet Mondrian

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Interested in teaching about Pablo Picasso?? Below are several links to do just that, including biography, coloring pages, watercolor project, and a couple of others!

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish Modern Artist

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Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, an art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez. At an early age Pablo showed an interest in drawing. His first words were “piz, piz”, which is short for “lapiz”, the Spanish word for pencil. …Read the entire biography at www.makingartfun.com

Free Printable Artist Biography

Printable Biography – Pablo Picasso

Free Worksheet

Printable Word Search – Pablo Picasso

Free Printable Coloring Pages

Printable Coloring Page | Self Portrait – Pablo Picasso

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Printable Coloring Page | Three Musicians – Pablo Picasso

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Free Lesson Plan and Project

Printable Learn to Watercolor Project | Three Musicians – Pablo Picasso

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Website with Free Artist Activity

Online Artist Activity

Free Printable Artist Minibook

Pablo Picasso Free Printable Minibook

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February 3, 1894 is the birthdate of American artist Norman Rockwell. Norman Perceval Rockwell was born in New York City. He was the second son to Jarvis Waring Rockwell, a Philadelphia textile firm manager, and Anne Mary Hill Rockwell. His brother, Jarvis Waring Rockwell, Jr., had been born 18 months before.

Norman’s artistic abilities were identified early in his life, and he enrolled in Chase Art School at the age of 14.  After that, he went on to the National Academy of Design, and then later the Art Students League, both located in New York City.  Read more….

Here are some free printable lessons resources on Norman Rockwell.  In addition to the printable biography, the printable worksheets will provide some great hands on options.

Norman Rockwell | Printable Biography

Design a Magazine Cover | Worksheet

Norman Rockwell | Word Search Worksheet

Meet the Artist” Job Application | Worksheet

Norman Rockwell Art Gallery

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Here are some free art and art history resources for Claude Monet.  This is perfect for elementary age students, and some activities are geared for middle school students.  Have fun learning with these free resources on Claude Monet!

Printable Biography

Claude Monet is an Impressionist Era Artist.  Monet was born in Paris, France on November 14, 1840.  He was the second child of Louise-Justine Aubry and Claude Adolphe Monet. In 1845, the Monet family settled near the ocean in Ingouville, France.  In 1851, Claude began attending school. He studied many subjects including art.  When he was a young teenager it became apparent he had artistic ability.  Continue reading and print biography.

Printable Word Search Worksheet

After reading the biography, have fun with this word search activity.

Paint Like Monet | Water Lily Pond

Follow the steps in this art lesson and your kids will be painting like Monet!  Water Lily Pond | Impressionist Painting Lesson.

Meet the Artist Job Application Worksheet

This is a great activity for your older elementary student or middle school student.  They will need to read the biography first and then complete this worksheet.

More Claude Monet Biographies

For older children, here are links to more biographies:  Biography 1, Biography 2

Printable Study Guide

Here is a free printable worksheet with questions to answer after reading the above biographies.

 

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Leonardo da Vinci  was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. He was born to Piero da Vinci, a notary, and Caterina, a peasant woman.  Leonardo grew up in his father’s home, and was exposed to Vinci’s painting traditions. When he was 15 years old he became an apprentice at the renowned workshop of Andrea del Verrochio in Florence. Even as an apprentice Leonardo demonstrated incredible artistic talent….Read more…. and print a free kid-friendly biography.

In addition to the printable biography, here are some additional lesson resources.  These printables will help your child learn more about this famous Renaissance artist.  You can also view some of his most famous works.  See the art gallery.

Leonardo da Vinci | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Artist” Job Application | Worksheet
Mona Lisa | Coloring Page
Mona Lisa | Free Desktop Wallpaper

 

 

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