Painting is maybe the easiest form of art for kids. Here is a short description of different art currents and stiles. Try to use these techniques in your aviation theme masterpieces.

Abstract Art

Abstract artists did not consider that they have to show only things that were recognizable. In their paintings they represented the emotions they had when contemplating people, animals, or places. Some Abstract art is also called Non-objective art. In non-objective art, you do not see specific objects.

Suggestion: Think about what do you feel when you watch a bird or a plane flying and try to express that through shapes and colors.

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Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket by James McNeill Whistler


In Cubism ,the subjects are not supposed to look real. The artist uses geometric shapes to show what he is trying to paint and they often represent the same object or person seen from different angles. Early cubists used mainly grays, browns, greens, and yellows. After 1914, Cubists started to use brighter colors. Cubism was the beginning of the Abstract and Non-objective art styles.

Suggestion :chose your favorite plane or birds and combine different views of them on the same piece of paper.


Pablo Picasso,Le Guitariste


The expressionist artist also, tries to express certain feelings about his subject.In this case,the object resembles more the real thing than in the abstract art.

Suggestion: Express through colors and shapes you feelings about the subjects of an aerial dogfight or bird chase.Try to make clear which is your favorite.


Edvard Munch,The Scream


Fauvism was an art style that lasted only four years, beginning in 1905. The subjects were shown in a simple way, and the colors and patterns were unusual, bright and wild.

Suggestion: Chose some technological complex subject (ex:space station) and represent it as simple as possible.Try to imagine how would a man from the Stone Age might have done this.Use the strongest colors in the most wildest combination.


Henri Matisse,Portrait of Madame Matisse


Impressionism was developed in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The artists tried to create the impression that they just took a quick look at their subjects.The used mostly bold colors,the subjects of their work did not have a lot of detail and they look like they were shimmering.

Suggestions: Almost close your eyes and paint your subject as you can see it this way.Imagine that it's a very hot summer day and the air is vibrating around the subject so you can not see it clearly.Your viewers will have to use their previous visual memory guess the details.In this way,each one of them will have a different experience watching your work.


Claude Monet ,Sunrise


In Pointillism, the artist uses small dots or strokes of paint to make up the pictures. From far away, these dots blend together to form the picture and give the impression of different colors as they blend together.

Suggestions: Do some research on how two colors can be combined to create a third one and apply this technique in your work.Your viewers will have different visual experiences when they will watch your painting from different distances.


Georges-Pierre Seurat , La parade de Cirque(fragment)

Pop Art

Pop (Popular) art can be any every day item that is drawn in a brash and colorful way.It is inspired by comic strips, advertising, and popular entertainment.

Suggestion: Paint a magnified fragment of a comic strip.


Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam!

Primitive Art

Primitive Art looks like art that is done by a child. Usually the picture is very simple and the subjects are "flat", or two-dimensional.

Suggestions:In this case,the definition of this art stile is self explanatory.Just let your child draw.


Alfred Wallis, The Hold House Port Mear Square Island Port Mear Beach


Realism is much like photography where the things are shown exactly as they appear in life. It began in the 18th century, but the greatest Realist era was in the mid-19th century.

Suggestion: In this case you might have to use a graph paper to help you keep the right proportions of your subject.Do some research and learn some tricks these artists used to create the illusion of reality.Chose a simple subject for your work.


Jean-Fran├žois Millet,The Gleaners


The surrealists generally based their work on dreams. Their paintings were filled with familiar objects made to look strange or mysterious. They hoped they will make people look at things in a different way and change the way they felt about things. They thought that their work might stir up feelings in the back of peoples minds.

Suggestion: Try to remember one of your dream when you were flying.Change the shape of the surrounding objects and make them behave in strange ways.Represent unrealistic shadows and animate still objects.


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