Global Arts for Global Kids 

Week #3:  Mini Art Museums with Famous Artist Portraits with FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco

 

We are pleased to announce the return of our renowned, virtual global arts programming “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids II.” Lessons are provided Monday through Friday at 2 PM on FTH WebsiteFacebook and Youtube Channel. Each day students will enjoy a short 5-10 minutes pre-recorded video lesson and a post-lesson activity. An additional virtual interactive option is available for school classes or family learning groups to work with FTH master teaching artists --- learn more about our “Meet the Artist/Jam with the Artist” live virtual workshops. 

 

This week’s lessons introduce you to portrait paintings and sculptures led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco. Suzanne is an experienced educator and a visual artist. She will teach you how to create portraits in different styles and materials, just like how a person can have many different emotions, perspectives and memories. On the last day you will also learn how to build, curate and present your own mini art museums by showcasing all your work!

 

Day 1 

Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) cubism style has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. In the first lesson, FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco will teach you a simple way to draw a Picasso abstract portrait with crayons. But before you begin to draw, ask yourself, how are you feeling today? Are you happy about creating art today? Maybe you are scared because you have never tried drawing a portrait before? Try to answer these questions before you start, then use this question to lead your drawing --- what do you think your face looks like today?

 

Download the activity sheet with step-by-step instructions here: https://bit.ly/3525KRy

 

 

 

Day 2 

Today let’s grab some chalk or crayons and follow FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco while she explores the portrait paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Basquiat noticed how people are treated differently just because of their skin color. He incorporated hip-hop, punk, and street art movements into his style to critique social issues and more. Do you think that all people are treated equally? What are some reasons people get treated differently, and how does it make you feel? Has it ever happened to you? Have you ever treated someone else poorly because they were different from you? Do you think that art can change the way people feel, and how they treat others?

 

Download the activity sheet with step-by-step instructions here: https://bit.ly/340VWb4

 

 

 

Day 3

Inspired by the nature motifs in Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s (1907-1954) works, today FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco will teach you how to turn household recycled materials into portrait paintings. Frida started to paint many uncompromising and brilliantly colored self-portraits after she was severely injured in a bus accident and couldn’t go outside anymore, which she missed a lot. Now that we have to spend more time inside and give up things we love to do, how do you express your feelings about this? Does creating art help you feel close to things you miss?

 

Download the activity sheet with step-by-step instructions here: https://bit.ly/2IDNOoL

 

 

 

Day 4

In this video, you will learn how to observe and draw portraits from a different angle, as Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang (b.1958) who draws in a style of surrealism (beyond real). Who are the figures in Xiaogang’s paintings? Who will be your portrait figure or model? What colors, shapes or lines  will you use to express your feelings for that person? Take some colored pencils and follow FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco to continue your portrait journey.

 

Download the activity sheet with step-by-step instructions here: https://bit.ly/37gu8kW

 

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Day 5

Have you ever made a portrait with wires or pipe-cleaners? Let’s study Alexander Calder’s (1898-1976)  face sculptures and free your creative hands to innovate some 3D portraits. Download the activity sheet with step-by-step instructions here: https://bit.ly/3nXhZr8

 

Royalty Free Music from Bensound.

 

 

Now that you have completed all the portraits. In this last lesson, FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco will also teach you how to build your own mini art museum in a professional and fun way. Invite your family and give them a museum tour of your proudly-made artworks! 

 

 

Thank you for joining this week's global arts journey with FTH Teaching Artist Suzanne DeMarco! 

 

Looking for additional options for student enrichment? Check out our live low-cost virtual workshops (Meet the Artist/Jam with the Artist) that provide opportunities for school classes or family learning groups to work with our teaching artists. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at education@flushingtownhall.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you again in Week 4 Pop Jazz Express with FTH Teaching Artist Angela Rostick.

 


 

Global Arts for Global Kids II series is supported by National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and Guru Krupa Foundation. If you enjoyed these free online lessons and resources, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support our artists to create more free arts education for schools and families.