Art Quotes & Writing Activity: Black and White

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Make your room beautiful, inspirational and educational with 18 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 in both black text on a white background, and white text on a black background (the reverse image).   Displaying alternating background colors has a stunning effect.  You will get both styles of each quote (a total of 36 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.

What you get:

  • 18 Art Quote with black text on white (300 dpi png files)
  • 18 Art Quotes (same quotes) with white text on black (300 dpi png files)
  • 1 page writing & sharing activity sheet
  • 1 page of instructions


You will get the following quotes:

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
~ Dorothea Lange
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
~ Paul Cezanne
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
~ Leo Tolstoy
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
~ Thomas Merton
Art is the daughter of freedom.
~ Friedrich Schiller
The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.
~ William Morris Hunt
Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.
~ Mary Schmich
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
~ Jackson Pollock
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
~ Edgar Degas
He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.
~ Paul Klee
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
~ Robert Schumann
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
~ Pablo Picasso
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
~ Pablo Picasso
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso
Everything you can imagine is real.
~ Pablo Picasso
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
~ Pablo Picasso
Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
~ Pablo Picasso
One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe


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?

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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 300dpi 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.

Windows uses File Explorer to open zipped files.  Here are some easy instructions from Microsoft in case you’ve not done this before.