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Artist Day - Mike Larsen

Today we’re all artists! We’re all artistic in some way and there’s no better time than the present to use our creativity! There’s no right or wrong way to be an artist, so today we’re going to learn about all different kinds of art!

Today’s theme is inspired by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Mike Larsen. His hometown is Perkins, Oklahoma. Larsen grew up on farms in Oklahoma and Texas and has been a professional artist for more than 40 years. He loves to study the history of his subjects before painting them and is known for his portrayals of graceful figures. Fun fact: Larsen was selected to create the image for the United States postage stamp for the Oklahoma Centennial (do you know what year that was??)! You can learn more by reading Mike Larsen’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Many Oklahomans are artists and admirers! You can learn more about these other artists on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Member Archives: Woody Crumbo, Harold T. Holden, Nan Sheets, Willard Stone, Mattie Kimes, and so many more!

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Movie Time! So many movies are works of art, aren’t they? We love movies and think a classic is in order today. You can rent and stream Mary Poppins on Amazon! There’s also fun videos on how to draw all sorts of things. Check out Art for Kids here!

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Storytime! We love Karen Beaumont’s I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

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Arts & Crafts! Time to show the world how awesome of an artist you are! Two things in this life so many people love: flowers and coffee. Check out these coffee filter flowers! All you need is markers, coffee filters, and water and you can design flowers all day! Parents, we love this melted crayon art craft for older kids (we recommend 8+). Make sure to do this one as a family!

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Make & Eat it! We can be creative while cooking too. Look at this masterpiece of a cake from Oklahoma Hall of Fame member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman!

Listen to it! There are so many types of artists. Can you think of another kind of artist? Singers and songwriters! Oklahoma has so many singers and songwriters, the list goes on and on. Wayman Tisdale and Charlie Christian were jazz musicians. And Woody Guthrie was a folk artist! Oklahoma has so many vocal artists like Carrie Underwood, Kristen Chenoweth, and so many more!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home experimenting with your creativity! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Artist Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

We'd love to see the art you make! Share with us by emailing your name and a picture of your project to info@oklahomahof.com. We can't wait to see your awesome crafts!

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