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Who can be an artist? There are plenty of well-known people but there are also lots of ordinary folks who are creating art and consider themselves artists too. What does their art look like?
Folk art is art created by people who taught themselves how to make their artwork. They didn’t get formal art training. How do you think that would affect what their art looks like? How about the subjects of their art? Some subjects of folk art are very every-day and some are filled with wild imagination. Show students some photographs of folk art to see what’s being depicted.
Often folk artists make art out of found materials—stuff that they collect for free found around where they live. Have students study some examples of folk art to see what the works of art made of? Buttons, wood, recycled bottle caps, tinfoil are just some of materials used in successful folk artwork.
Some folk art pictures are done on pieces of wood. Provide students with wood squares and rectangles from recycled wooden fruit boxes or another recycled source such as paint stirrers. Students think and brainstorm about what their subject matter will be.
With Crayola® Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils, first draw a frame around the edge of the piece of wood. Next create a picture inside the frame.
To display the artwork, poke a hole in each upper corner of the artwork with the closed tip of Crayola® Pointed-tip Scissors. Thread a thin wire through the holes to make a hanger.
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