Interact With Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1960. He first achieved fame as part of SAMO, a graffiti duo whose observations into pithy textual art where seen in the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s.  By the 1980s, his paintings were being exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and he was selling individual works for $25,000.

Though much has been written about the artist’s almost mythic persona and his role in revitalizing the New York art world in the early 1980s, little discussion has focused on the works’ irrefutable power to transcend the individual and address broader issues and universal themes like the dichotomies of black versus white, wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.  His mixed medium works entangled poetry, drawing, painting, and married text, abstract imagery, culture and history.

Step One: Print and color Portrait D’homme. This work was a sketch done in marker and its original is as you see it here.  Black lines, no color.  Look at his works and get inspired by his color palette or better yet – make your page and its color all your own!

Step Two:  View his work on Pinterest and watch a video tour of his exhibit at The Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main (Germany, 2017) here.


Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly colored self-portraits that deal with such themes as identity, the human body, and death. Painted in 1938, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is one of 55 self-portraits she painted in her lifetime.  These portraits served as a coping ritual for the artist.  This work was prompted after her divorce from fellow Mexican painter Diego Rivera.  Read more about its symbolism here.

Step One: Print and color Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird color page.  Use your own color palette and any medium – colored pencils, glitter, chalk, watercolor…

Step Two:  Take a virtual tour of her works at The Museo Frida Kahlo. Learn more about the complexity of the artist here.

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941. Regarded as among Van Gogh’s finest works, The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture.

Step One: Print The Starry Night color page.  Make sure to set your page output to at least LETTER size and landscape. Go bigger if you want to work bigger.  Use your own color palette and any medium – colored pencils, glitter, chalk, watercolor…

Step Two:  Take a virtual tour of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), read about The Starry Night, learn about Van Gogh and tour other incredible modern works.