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Kohl’s Art Generation Studio at Home: Make a Sketchbook

Do you need a place to keep all your creative ideas? Sketchbooks are a great option. Their pages can hold a jumble of doodles, notes, finished works of art—or all of the above! Artists often use their sketchbooks to work out big ideas and practice their drawings. Follow the steps below to create your own sketchbook!

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“One of the Best Days of the Year:” The Art of Writing Conference

On the first Monday in December, the Milwaukee Art Museum opens its doors to a passionate group of young people from the greater Milwaukee area. Dedicated educators and organizers prepare to greet more than 500 students in grades 3 through 12 who have come to be inspired by the thousands of works of art and express themselves through writing and drawing. This annual event is called the Art of Writing Young Authors and Artists Conference.

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Kohl’s Art Generation Studio at Home: Shape and Line

American artist Al Held (1928–2005) was an abstract painter, most famous for his large-scale, geometric works. His paintings are full of circles, squares, cubes, and other geometric shapes and forms that overlap. In the painting below, he used a masking technique to create lines with sharp edges. He masked (covered) the white sections with tape and painted the remaining sections black.

Al Held (American, 1928–2005), Inversion XIII, 1977. Acrylic on canvas, 96 × 144 1/4 in. (243.84 × 366.4 cm). Gift of Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc. M1983.208 Photo by P. Richard Eells © 2017 Al Held Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Here’s how you can make your own geometric painting using materials you may already have at home:

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Kohl’s Art Generation Studio at Home: Scratch Art Story

Follow along to learn how to make a scratch art story inspired by the hydrias, or ancient Greek water jars, in the Museum’s collection.

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Kohl’s Art Generation Studio at Home: Make Your Own Flower Still Life

It’s almost Mother’s Day! Give your mom, grandma, or any other special person in your life a flower bouquet that will last forever. This week, we’re making paper flowers inspired by the gorgeous blooms you can find in artworks throughout the Museum’s galleries. This is one of my favorite floral still lifes:

Jan van Os (Dutch, 1744–1808), Flowers in Terra-cotta Vase, after 1780. Oil on panel, 35 1/8 × 27 5/8 in. (89.22 × 70.17 cm). Layton Art Collection Inc., Gift of Frederick Layton L111 Photo by John R. Glembin

Let’s get started! Here are instructions for making two different kinds of paper flowers.

Must have:

  • Paper—of any kind (printer paper, pages from magazines/catalogues, or origami paper)
  • Scissors
  • Glue and/or tape

Optional:

  • Markers, colored pencils, pens, or anything else you can use to decorate paper
  • Wire, pipe cleaners, chopsticks, or anything else that can be made into stems
  • Tissue paper to make leaves