Modern art

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By Karen Hart

Explore this famous art movement and encourage children to create their own masterpieces.

What is Modern Art?

The answer to this questions is open to interpretation. A simple explanation would be ‘Modern Art is a way of showing feelings and emotions, often in an unusual way, sometimes using unusual materials’.

Try introducing the work of Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Francis Bacon to start with – they should grab children’s attention!

Make a ‘My Life’ collage

This is a great way for children to express themselves. It’s also a good way to show that Modern Art can create a piece of work that is not only decorative but also carries a message.

You will need:
  • Old newspaper and magazines
  • A3 paper
  • Glue
Ask children to each think about:
  • the things, people, places, that are most important to them now
  • the way they hope their lives will progress in the future
  • the people and places they intend to see along the way. Don’t forget to include items such as any pets, best friends and hobbies.
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