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Artist Barbara Mason has inspired Northwest student artists for more than three decades. Her Oregon non-profit, Golden Road Arts, continues her teaching legacy with free, online art lessons for K-5 children. Please enjoy these lessons and share them with your friends and students!

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Wassily Kandinsky – Russian Abstract Painter

Wassily Kandinsky – Russian Abstract Painter

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian abstract painter who lived from 1866-1944. In this lesson we will create work similar to Kandinsky's by using an assortment of colored paper and glue. If colored paper is not accessible to you, no worries, there is an alternative method...

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Using the Color Wheel to Explain Pigment and Binder

Using the Color Wheel to Explain Pigment and Binder

Artist, Printmaker and Educator Barbara Mason uses Color Wheel designs, colored with crayons, colored pencils, water soluble markers and watercolor paints to discuss why colors are more saturated based on the binder that holds them together when applied to paper or...

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Piet Mondrian – Dutch Abstract Painter (1872 – 1944)

Piet Mondrian – Dutch Abstract Painter (1872 – 1944)

Piet Mondriaan (later Mondrian) was a Dutch painter who began his life as a painter of landscapes and portraits who evolved to become one of the most important abstract painters of the 20th century. Barbara Mason discusses his life and focuses on his later work,...

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Drawing Animals from Simple Shapes with Barbara & Artey

Drawing Animals from Simple Shapes with Barbara & Artey

In this video, artist and printmaker Barbara Mason walks through the steps of drawing animals. All you need to follow along is a pencil and paper, and before you know it you will be able to draw many different animals. Drawing Animals from Simple Shapes with Barbara...

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Making Garland and Snowflakes with Barbara & Artey

Making Garland and Snowflakes with Barbara & Artey

Artist, Printmaker and Educator Barbara Mason creates holiday themed art with paper, scissors and tape. While the theme is winter holidays, many of the ideas for garland or winter are applicable to the fall and winter seasons. In addition, garland of trees and animals...

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Making Winter Pop-Ups with Barbara & Friends

Making Winter Pop-Ups with Barbara & Friends

In this video, artist and printmaker Barbara Mason demonstrates how to make your own cozy winter scenes using paper cut-outs that you can color in and glue together to make your own 3D picture. Everything in this video can be made with colored pencils or crayons,...

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Negative Space with Barbara & Friends

Negative Space with Barbara & Friends

In this video, artist and printmaker Barbara Mason demonstrates how to use different colors and shapes to create visual rhythm. We then practice using visual rhythm by making bookmarks out of creative shapes we cut out ourselves. Everything in this video can be made...

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Primary & Secondary Colors with Barbara and Friends

Primary & Secondary Colors with Barbara and Friends

Artist, printmaker and educator Barbara Mason demonstrates a simple - if slightly messy - method for teaching and reinforcing the lesson of Primary and Secondary colors with her grandsons Wes and Atticus. Barbara's belief is that art that is made experiential and...

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Salt Paintings and Sculpting Playdough at Golden Road Arts

Salt Paintings and Sculpting Playdough at Golden Road Arts

Artist Barbara Mason welcomes her grandsons to the Golden Road studio to create salt paintings and to mix flour, salt and water to sculpt home-made playdough. Each of these art lessons requires hands-on involvement with the children, as you will see. However, the...

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Making Finger Puppets and Learning About Texture

Making Finger Puppets and Learning About Texture

Artist, printmaker and educator Barbara Mason demonstrates two projects for children to make with regular household items. The first is an example of how to make finger puppets using a story such as "The Three Little Pigs" as source material. The second is a lesson...

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Drawing Lesson #1 – Drawing Faces

Drawing Lesson #1 – Drawing Faces

In this episode of Golden Road Arts lessons for children, Artist, Printmaker and Educator Barbara Mason helps you draw a face in relationship to what you see – not how you have always been drawing faces. She helps you see your face and the faces of your friends and...

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Making a Collage

Making a Collage

In this episode of making art from household items at home, we learn about collage and the ideas of "warm" and "cool" colors in art. Barbara provides you with two examples of collage that you can make at home using left over magazines or newspapers, a piece of paper,...

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Creating Tunnel Books

Creating Tunnel Books

In this detailed lesson, Artist, Printmaker and Educator Barbara Mason demonstrates how to make tunnel books in two ways - from an original piece of your artwork or from coloring book drawings or artwork you cut out and assemble. Either way, you'll learn how to create...

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Classroom Demo – Water-Soluble Foil Printing

Classroom Demo – Water-Soluble Foil Printing

This is a simple foil printing process for school children using a cardboard or mat board surface covered with raised objects including textured paper, corrugated cardboard, string or yarn or other soft raised objects glued or taped to the surface. The goal is the...

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Classroom Demo – Lines and Shapes

Classroom Demo – Lines and Shapes

Artist and printmaker Barbara Mason discusses an art lesson for school children using lines and that includes an activity to make a small display folder as either a keepsake or as a classroom display including each child's work. Lines and Shapes Lesson Plan

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Scratchfoam Printing with Water Soluble Inks

Scratchfoam Printing with Water Soluble Inks

Artist, Printmaker and educator Barbara Mason demonstrates Scratchfoam printing as a classroom art activity on the desktop with a few simple tools. This project requires a few dedicated tools (such as brayers and water-soluble ink) that can be reused for other...

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