Art in the classroom, Part 1

I am always so, so excited when someone tells me how my art has inspired them. So you can imagine how thrilled I am to be told that I can inspire an entire classroom, without even being there in person! Recently I was contacted by Maria Chio, an art teacher at Jim Barnes Middle School in Seguin, Texas.  She taught a painting lesson to her students based on my abstract art. After studying my bright shapes and colorful designs, they were instructed to create art in this playful, whimsical style. They were quite limited in color - they only had red, yellow, blue and white tempera paints to work with.  Using only the 3 primary colors (plus white) helped them learn how to mix the paint to create secondary and tertiary colors.

I was delighted to see what they came up with!

Here are a few of the middle school students' artwork, juxtaposed with my own abstract art:

(Keep in mind that the students weren't "recreating" the artwork I am placing side-by-side; they came up with their own designs.  I am mainly posting them side-by-side so that you can note the similarities, and see how much the students learned about color, pattern and repetition.)

Bravo to Maria's middle school art students!  You can see more of her students' artwork here.  The results were quite impressive!

p.s. If you want to learn how to paint your own abstract art in this style, check out my tutorial: How to Paint Abstract Art!