Artist Chris Uphues and his wife, Jen, have a mission to spread happiness with the world through their art! They started a company called Beautiful Days to do just that!
Here is the website to view their artwork: https://chrisuphues.com/
Chris's artwork is what some might call street art. That is art that is mostly found on windows and walls of buildings! Usually you will see street art in the city.
Chris paints HUGE murals on the sides of buildings! He spreads happiness by making his heart characters have silly faces!
Try making your own art to spread happiness! Check out this lesson by artist and teacher Cassie Stephens. You will need a pencil, paper, markers, permanent marker, water, and a paint brush!
This is the art her students made:
Wassily Kandinsky was an abstract artist who was alive from 1866 until 1944. Kandsinky was born in Moscow, Russia but moved to France because of the World Wars.
Kandinsky was an abstract artist. Abstract Art uses lines, shapes, and colors to remind us of things that we know and see. It doesn’t look realistic like a photo.
Kandinsky used lots of lines and shapes to create his abstract artwork. He often listened to music while he would paint. The music would inspire his artwork. Many of his paintings are named after the music he was listening to!
Does music make you see certain colors, shapes, or pictures in your mind?
Try listening to different types of music and drawing the lines and shapes that the music makes you think of!
Try this activity on Chrome Music. Every line that you draw makes a different sound!
In grade 2 we have been talking about lots of different types of lines! Most of the artwork we create begins with different types of lines that come together to make a picture. Follow the instructions below to make your own fold-up artwork!
Materials: white paper (if you want to paint I recommend using multi-media paper or cardstock), pencil, permanent marker, coloring materials (watercolor, crayon, pencil, oil pastel, marker, colored pencil etc)
Follow the video below to fold your paper.
Begin by folding the white paper in half (like a taco). Take the top flap of paper (from the top of your taco) and fold it down toward the crease.
Next you fill draw a picture that makes sense when your paper is folded and unfolded! Two pieces of art in one! You may draw anything you like as long as it makes sense both ways. Begin by drawing with your paper folded in pencil. Open the paper and make sure the artworks makes sense that way too! Trace over your lines with sharpie. Add color any way you would like.