Artist: Takashi Murakami, painter

Have you ever seen art that makes you happy? Takashi Murakami’s art uses popular images, like smiley faces and flowers, to make us think about what we enjoy and what we buy.


You’ll need a paper, pencil, crayons. You can trace with a Sharpie when you’re done drawing with pencil.

  1. Draw 3 medium sized circles. Add smiley faces to them.
  2. Draw several straight lines coming from the circles, like a sun.
  3. Connect the straight lines with curved lines, like a flower petal.
  4. Add straight lines and curved ends to all your smiley faces.
  5. Add 3 small sized circles. Add smiley faces to them.
  6. Add straight lines and curved lines for petals.
  7. Keep adding small smiley face flowers until there isn’t much room left on your paper. It’s okay if they overlap.
  8. ***If you drew with pencil, trace over with a Sharpie now. Color in your flowers with your favorite bright crayons.

Color Families

A color wheel shows how to mix colors to make new colors. Can you find the primary and secondary colors on the color wheel?

Colors can be grouped together in color families, like primary and secondary. Color families help create a mood, or feeling, in artwork. There are 4 color families in this video: primary, secondary, warm, and cool. There is another color family- neutral, which is brown, gray, black, and white. Neutral colors remind you of the earth: brown soil, gray clouds, black sky, white stars.

Here are the warm, cool, and neutral color families. They help show different feelings, like excitement, anger, and calm.


  1. Look at the artworks below. What is the main color family shown in each artwork? These artworks might give you ideas for your own art.
  2. Choose a color family: warm, cool, neutral.
  3. Make a plan in your mind of what your art will be about. How will your color family show the mood or feeling of your artwork?
  4. Choose drawing center materials that go with your art idea. All red labeled materials are open. The ipads and chalk pastels are closed.
  5. Fill in your paper, don’t leave white space. Take your time to make art you are proud of.

3 Types of Subject Matter

Art can show us many different things, what art is about is called subject matter. There are three types of subject matter: landscape, portrait, still life.

Landscape- shows land, nature, or an outside space

Portrait- shows a person or group of people.

Still life- shows objects that do not move. They are still.

What will your artwork be about: landscape, portrait, or still life?

Minecraft Pixel Portraits

Have you ever heard of or played Minecraft? What did you notice about how the images or graphics look? Minecraft graphics are made up of pixels, which means they are are designed with visible block shapes instead of smoother lines.

Today, you’ll create a portrait using pixels. A portrait is an artwork of a person or an animal. Take a look at the video, then begin your portrait.

  1. Choose a person to draw- is it a real person, someone you know, is it yourself?
  2. Find the middle line. Use the middle line to help you add facial features, such as eyes, mouth, head, hairline, neck, and body.
  3. Add details.
  4. Trace lines with marker (it doesn’t have to be black).
  5. Add color. Take you time, have fun!

2020-2021 Youth Art Month Contest- Due Dec 1st

Youth Art Month is coming up and Kentucky is getting ready! Youth Art Month will be held in March and encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Visual art programs help develop skills including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

Art shows, special exhibits, and school and community activities take place annually, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12.

Kentucky is holding a flag design competition which is open through December 2, 2020.


  1. Designs must be in color.
  2. Designs must include the Youth Art Month logo AND the name and shape of the state of Kentucky (shown above and in entry form).
  3. Designs must illustrate the 2020 Youth Art Month theme “Art Connects Usand include these words in the design.
  4. Entries must be submitted on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of copy paper (no lined paper).
  5. The contest entry form (see form shown below) must be glued to the back (no staples). Entry form needs to be in a horizontal format (sideways).
  6. Information on completed entry form must be typed or printed clearly.
  7. Submit an Artwork Photography Release Form (see form shown below).

Entry Form and Artwork Photography Release Form (download to fill out & print)

**For entry form: find your state legislators here

If you would like to participate, drop off your artwork with your completed entry form attached to it at Sandersville by Dec 1, 2020. There will be a state-wide winner and 1st-5th places winners for elementary, middle school, and high school. Winners will be announced by December 18, 2020.

Art + Food

What is your favorite meal? Why? Artists have been inspired by their food since the very beginning of art. Why do you think artists are interested in making art showing food?

Here are examples of how artists have shown food throughout history. What do you observe in these artworks?

We are taking inspiration from these artists and their artworks. You will make an artwork that shows your favorite meal or food to share with the people in your house. How will you create your meal or food? What art materials will you use? What will your favorite meal or food tell about you?

Artist: Wayne Thiebaud, painter

Wayne Thiebaud (1920-2021) was an American artist from California who painted objects that you’d see everyday. He often painted desserts and sweet treats. His desserts are recognized because he uses thick paint and bright or pastel colors (tints= colors mixed with white). He wanted people to have a sense of humor and smile or laugh a little when looking at his art. What desserts will you create?

Wayne Thiebaud

Clay Option- Salt Dough

If you are missing the clay center, here’s a Do-It-Yourself option- salt dough. Check with the grownups in your house for permission before beginning.


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • food coloring (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Optional color– Add a couple of drops of food coloring. Mix well.
  3. Design and create an artwork. Have fun!
  4. Store salt dough in a sealed bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
  5. Optional save and paint– salt dough can be baked at 200 degrees until it hardens. Thicker artworks will take longer to harden. Salt dough can be painted with tempera or acrylic paints after it’s baked.