- My book, Great American Artists, has a Grandma Moses painting activity on page 39 with a great bio about her life and her work, and with a beautiful example ofMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 29, 2012View SourceMy book, Great American Artists, has a Grandma Moses painting activity on page 39 with a great bio about her life and her work, and with a beautiful example of her "Apple Butter Making," 1953 painting.Based on how she actually created her works, the kids first paint a piece of wood or cardboard white and let it dry. You can use heavy white paper if you must skip this step, but I like to think authenticity is a great learning experience and preparing the wood or cardboard is a great experience.Grandma Moses painted from the sky down, so the kids can do this too. Paint all the sky and then on down to the land and let it dry well.Then go back later and add the details of whatever scene the artist chooses. Any busy scene relating to the child's own interests and experiences will do. Halloween is one, but other kids may choose a church picnic, the playground at school, or a festival or carnival, a soccer game, etc. Brainstorm and let kids choose their personal choice of busy scenes.Use paint and a small brush for the activities and people or if preferred, fine or medium permanent markers will work on the painted background if it is dry. Colored pencils and fine point markers will add much of the detail.This link on my website http://www.brightring.com/americanartists-2.html takes you to a lovely work by Grandma Moses at http://www.gseart.com/ Their site is a little confusing with no search box, but browse for Anna Mary Robertson ("Grandma") Moses(1860-1961) and you will find many examples of her work. This gallery is the official representative of Grandma Moses. The bio there has great pictures of Grandma Moses as well as interesting facts about how she became famous.On Sep 28, 2012, at 8:59 AM, ANITA wrote:
Hello, I am doing a project on grandma Moses with K kids. Has anyone out there done one ? I'm thinking mural w pre painted horizon, give them colored pencils (for the detail)
She did some great fall,Halloween scenes so that could be fun. I see the mural in parts maybe 4 to a big page. Do you think this will work ? Ideas ?
Input greatly appreciated ! Thanks, Anita