Artist quotes can also be a good way to introduce using descriptive language in an English class, or as an introduction to a specific time period in a Social Studies class.
See if you can match the quote to the artist.
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for"
"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things"
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through"
"Creativity takes courage"
"I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect"
"I shut my eyes in order to see"
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary"
"I sense a scream passing through nature. I painted ... the clouds as actual blood. The colour shrieked"