Modern Art Resources

Hi Parents!

Today we have some fun resources on Modern Art: links to videos and lesson plans and activities and tips on where to seek it out in Berlin.

Modern art includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the styles and philosophy of the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation (Google Arts & Culture.)

Here are some ways you can explore Modern Art with your kids:

MOMA (Museum of Modern Art New York) has an extensive list of learning resources for many topics of modern art broken into the categories of Conceptual Art, Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism,  Design, Expressionism, Fauvism, Investigating Identity, Maps, Borders and Networks, Migration and Movement, Minimalism, Photography, Pop Art, Surrealism, and Dissecting “What is Modern Art?” Each category has slideshows, worksheets and activities to do with the kids. 

Their Archive includes more downloadable resources that explore MOMA Collections as well:

Art Activities Based on Modern Art

Art Babble has a Kids section with videos from many different museums from around the world, exploring varying topics such as Asian Art, automobile design, Classical European paintings, poetry, architecture, and interviews with artists, writers and curators.

Art Babble’s Educators page has lesson plans and videos on how to add the arts to the traditional STEM curriculum:

Their website seems to be needing an update as some links don’t go where expected, but there is a lot of fun stuff to explore.


Here is a list of some fun art projects you can do at home with your kid based on the artworks of modern artists:

Playful Learning

A Monet-Inspired flower painting:

Projects with Kids

Van Gogh Inspired Fork Painting:

Playful Learning

Matisse Inspired Drawing with Scissors:

Meri Cherry

Picasso Inspired Guitar Collages (Kindergarten)

Artful Parent

Artist Study with Kids – Sonia Delaunay

Art Camp

-Miro Inspired sculptures

-Rothko Inspired Paintings on Cardboard (See Featured Image)

-Roy Lichtenstein inspired pop art prints

Pink Striped Socks

Calder inspired paper sculptures

Deep Space Sparkle

Hundertwasser Inspired Painting and Collage Project

To view some Modern Art in Berlin, head to the Berlinische Gallery, The Hamburger Bahnhof, The George Koelb Museum, The Bauhaus Archive, The Alte Nationalgalerie, or the Contemporary Fine Art Gallery.The Verbogene Museum, The Dali Museum, or Museum Barberini in Potsdam.

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