We loved learning all about "crazy" Pablo PICASSO. He was the most famous painter of the 1900's, working with sculpture, graphics, ceramics, drawing, and painting. He was born in Spain and he is most remembered for his Cubism. In class we created mixed-up Cubist Faces and Cubist Pets in Picasso's style. They came out wonderfully strange! :)
We also learned all about Alexander CALDER, an American Sculptor from Pennsylvania. His grandfather designed the William Penn statue above Philadelphia's City Hall. Calder is most famous for his "mobiles" or art that moves. Calder's mobiles were usually quite large and hung from the ceiling. They are carefully balanced constructions of metal plates, wires, and rods which are moved by the air. We made our mobiles out of coat hangers, string, and construction paper and hung them in the studio windows! He also made "stabiles", sculptures that stand freely. We made those too! Ours were made out of construction paper and cardboard and clay and pipe cleaners.
We learned about the wonderfully talented misunderstood.Dutch artist named VINCENT VAN GOGH, most famous for his painting “Starry Night”. His emotions showed through in his vibrant brushstrokes. We too, expressed ourselves in watercolors, acrylics and oil pastels.
We also learned about Wassily KANDINSKY, a famous Russian painter known as one of the earliest Abstract artists. His colors and shapes seem to dance across the canvas. With parents who were musicians, Kandinsky said that he heard colors in his music and saw music in his colors. We listened to classical music as we painted and you know what? So did we!
Next, we learned about Robert INDIANA, the wonderful American artist who designed the famous LOVE sculpture in downtown Philadelphia. We created “Love Letters” in his style. Some of us chose to draw our own names instead of the word Love. How clever are we?
Then, it was time to shift gears and begin working in the style of one of the greatest artists of all time ~ Claude MONET ! This French artist was known particularly for his soft quick strokes that gave “impressions” of his subject matter rather than the accepted “realistic” style of his time. He was mocked for it then, but now is truly admired for coining the term “Impressionism”. We used watercolors, acrylics and chalk pastels to capture his wonderful style. His most famous painting is the Japanese bridge from his garden.
We made things “disappear” into thin air. Ok, well not exactly, but we did learn to lead our shapes and letters to the vanishing point on the horizon line and so we got a newPERSPECTIVE on things!
How could we possibly leave out the classic illustrator NORMAN ROCKWELL? He is truly a beloved American artist whose work seems to transcend time. He is loved by young and young at heart for his humorous paintings of everyday American life.