Art Quotes & Writing Activity: Watercolor

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Make your room beautiful, inspirational and educational with 24 art quotes and writing activity.  Students will find meaning in the quotes through a writing and sharing activity where each student chooses a meaningful quote and shares who wrote it, what makes this an important person, what the quote means and why it is meaningful to them.  You will feel good knowing that you didn’t just decorate the room, you are providing inspiration to your students (and yourself)!

Each quote is shown inside a striking hand-painted watercolor circle as well as on a white background with watercolor letters (the reverse image).   Displaying alternating circles quotes with watercolor letter quotes has a stunning effect.  You will get both styles of each quote (a total of 48 images) so that you can pick and choose the style and quotes that you want to display.  The quotes do NOT have the Expressive Monkey logo on them.

The quotes are all about art.  Some are from artists and others from writers.  Use these quotes to inspire young artists, writers, and lyricists, or hang them in your own art studio.

What you get:

  • 24 Art Quote on watercolor circles (250 dpi png files)
  • 24 Art Quotes (same quotes) with watercolor lettering (250 dpi png files)
  • 1-page writing & sharing activity sheet
  • 1 page of instructions

You will get the following quotes:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
~ Michelangelo
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
~ Stephen Sondheim
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
~ James Whistler
Every artist was first an amateur.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
A picture is a poem without words.
~ Horace
One eye sees, the other feels.
~ Paul Klee
Great art picks up where nature ends.
~ Marc Chagall
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
~ Pablo Picasso
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
~ Elbert Hubbard
A line is a dot that went for a walk.
~ Paul Klee
A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.
~ Paul Klee
Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
~ Paul Klee
The best artists know what to leave out.
~ Charles de Lint
Space is the breath of art.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Art is for everybody.
~ Keith Haring
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
~ Orson Welles
There is no must in art because art is free.
~ Wassily Kandinsky
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
~ Pablo Picasso
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. 
~ Pablo Picasso
The days you work are the best days.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe
Youth has no age.
~ Pablo Picasso

Questions on the writing activity:

  • Which quote did you choose?
  • Who said it?
  • Who are they and why should we listen to them? (What are their accomplishments?)
  • What does the quote mean? (Say it in your own words.)
  • Why is this quote meaningful to you?

You might also like my Black and White Art Quotes.  (Different quotes than this set.)


Easily download this zip file with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin using your quotes right away! 


Each quote is a 250dpi png file.  You will also receive a PDF of instructions and the writing activity.

If you have a Mac computer, just click on the zip file and it will create a folder (almost magically) filled with all the goodies you just purchased.

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