Artists: Eric Henn, Jeff Zimmerman, and murals

Murals are large artworks shown on walls. They can be painted inside or outside. Murals can tell a story about a place or the people who live there. This was painted by Ohio artist, Eric Henn. What does this mural tell about Versailles? Where is it located? 

Watch the video about Jeff Zimmerman who is a mural artist in Chicago.

Goal: I can draw a mural design and show where the mural will be.

2nd-5th grades: Here’s one way to draw an inside space:

Two Artists: Hokusai and Hockney

Katsushika Hokusai lived from 1760 – 1849 in Japan. What do you notice about his artwork?

David Hockney is a British artist who was born in 1937 and still making art. What do you notice about his artwork?

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David Hockney’s 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)
A Bigger Grand Canyon, 1998, National Gallery of Australia.

How is Hokusai’s art and Hockney’s art similar and different?


Artist: Alma Thomas, painter

Why do people make art? How does making art make life better? Alma Thomas was an African American abstract artist. She studied art in college and became an art teacher. She make art part time while she was teaching. When she retired from teaching, she focused on making art. She developed her signature style of using shapes and short brushstrokes to create abstract art. She was often inspired by nature and plants around her and used their colors and shapes in her paintings. She was the first African American woman to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. What do you see in her artworks that remind you of nature?

What inspired you or gives you ideas for making art?

Artist: Carmen Lomas Garza

Artists make art about things they see, feel, remember, and imagine. Carmen Lomas Garza explains where she gets ideas for her artworks and how art, reading, and writing all work together. What stories does her art tell? What story could you tell about your life? How could you show that story using art?

2nd grade goal: I can create art about events in my life.

K goal: I can tell a story about my life using art.