5 Minute Art Ideas | Mark Rothko for Kids

There are so many fun things out there to explore! It's easy to feel like there isn't enough time to fit art history into your schedule consistently.

But, consistency is so important! 

Here's the good news... you don't need to consistently spend hours prepping and planning and doing and then cleaning up after endless elaborate art projects. No one has time for that. The truth is, if you can make space for 15-20 minutes of art in your day– that's enough!

I'll be talking about this in a little more detail later this month during a fun facebook live masterclass... be sure to join our group so you'll be able to show up and ask me your questions live!

Homeschool Art | Mark Rothko for Kids – A five minute art idea!

To help make daily art projects even easier for you and your kids, I'm starting this series on 5 minute art ideas!

Today will be the first of many 5 minute projects you can do with basic art supplies that you probably already have on hand. These projects will be designed with minimal prep and clean up in mind so you'll really be able to dive in and put them into practice!

Mark Rothko and Color Fields

5 Fun facts about Rothko and his art...

  1. His family immigrated from Russia to Portland, Oregon in 1913.
  2. He is best known for his "multiform" paintings from the 1940's-1950's.
  3. His art is considered to be Abstract Expressionist (although he disagreed with that label.)
  4. The goal of his oversized color field paintings was to make the viewer feel "enveloped within" his painting.
  5. The simplicity of his art is often misunderstood. They are more than just color studies. Rothko felt his art was spiritual.
There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
— Mark Rothko

WHITE CENTER, 1950 BY MARK ROTHKO | FOUR DARKS IN RED, 1958 | ORANGE, RED, YELLOW, 1961 | UNTITLED PURPLE WHITE AND RED BY MARK ROTHKO 1953 | GREEN AND MAROON BY MARK ROTHKO 1953

Try it at Home!

  1. Set out a stack of 8.5x11 copy paper, white construction paper, or whatever paper you use to paint on and some washable tempera paints.
  2. Give your kids a quick intro to Mark Rothko's art.
  3. Invite them to explore and create their own "mulitforms."
  4. Ask them to consider the feelings they are trying to evoke from people who view their art. What colors will they choose? How will they arrange their composition? Will they follow Rothko's lead, or come up with their own unique take on multiform art?
  5. Encourage them to try several variations.

Show us what you've got...

Once you've done this project, be sure to share photos in the facebook group! We love show and tell.