ABOUT ROCOCO ART
Fragonard was a French painter who was part of the
Rococo art movement. His paintings feature bright colors and expressive subjects. Rococo art is known for being ornamental and theatrical. Curves, swirls, metallic gilding and pastel colors are all elements of the Rococo era.
We talked about this but I also remembered an old poem by Robert Louis Stevenson with the same name and I read it to them before we started our art! Do you remember this poem from school? 👇🏽
They completed their backgrounds and drew the swinging child so we will finish in our next class where we’ll put it all together!
Medieval Knights were mounted warriors who went to battle and fought for their Lords. Knights came from wealthy families and it was considered a high honor to be a knight. To become a Knight, training began as young as 7-years old. A boy would become a PAGE, a Page would become a SQUIRE and a Squire would become a KNIGHT.
Knights in the 12th and 13th century wore shiny armor when they went to battle. At first they rode with chainmail but this evolved to plates of metal for better protection.
I asked one of my brave kiddos to share a bit of research on just how one can become a knight... so they got to hear from a classmate instead of from me 😁
Take a look as they draw and paint a jousting knight set against a medieval backdrop!
We’re moving into the Middle Ages this week and what says Middle Ages more than castles! So my little ones are creating some terrific castles by following along as they identify and draw different shapes that make up our castle. Next they use kitchen sponges to stamp ‘bricks’ and cut out and their masterpieces and place them
on a background!
Take a look at them in action!
My little sweethearts got to use their favourite art supply of all time... glitter! 💥✨💥 Needless to say they were super excited not just for creating their Diwali themed art but also to get their hands on some glitter! 🤦🏻♀️
Happy Diwali everyone!
This year we took a look at how we prepare our homes for Diwali. The children drew and painted a house decorated for the occasion complete with fireworks in the sky!
ABOUT THE MONA LISA
Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa using soft outlines and heavy shading, which is a hallmark of Renaissance portraits. No one knows for sure who the Mona Lisa is a portrait of. The best guess is that she was an Italian noblewoman named Lisa Gherardini. This painting is so
valuable, that it is displayed in Paris under bulletproof glass!
Our version of the Mona Lisa focuses on creating value using charcoal pencils. So the kids are asked to think of areas of light and areas of shadow. We’ve also used a bright contemporary landscape as the backdrop to make it lively and more appealing for the age group.
Poseidon is most well known for being the Greek god of the sea. His weapon and main symbol was the trident, a three pronged spear. Poseidon is the brother of Zeus, the sky god and the chief greek god, and Hades, the god of the underworld.
As the sea god, Poseidon is the protector of sea travelers. He made calm seas and would create islands for lost travelers who pleased him. When he was offended or ignored, Poseidon caused shipwrecks and earthquakes.
FUN FACT: Poseidon also has a close connection to horses. Some call him the tamer of horses and others call him the father of horses. To help with safe travels over seas people would often give Poseidon a horse to please him.
We’ll finish our interpretation of Poseidon next week...
A bust is the sculptural representation of the upper part of the human figure. A bust includes the head and neck and usually part of the shoulders and chest.
ABOUT ANCIENT ROMAN BUSTS
Roman artists were skilled at making realistic portraits of people from bronze and marble.
The reason there are so many examples of Ancient Roman busts is because it was common to display busts of deceased ancestors in Roman homes during ancient times. Roman rulers and officials also commonly commissioned sculptural portraits of themselves.
I challenged a few of my older gals to create a bust using portrait of themselves! They got started today creating a charcoal pencil portrait focusing on the position of features etc and in our next class they will create marbled paper for the pedestal.
Medusa is a monster from ancient Greek mythology. Instead of hair, her head is covered with living venomous snakes. According to legend, Medusa was a beautiful mortal who flaunted her good looks even in the face of the great Roman goddess Athena. As punishment for her brazenness Athena plagued Medusa with a hideous appearance and venomous snakes for hair! 😳 The myth was that anyone who looked at Medusa would turn into stone. Medusa was killed by the Greek hero Perseus. Many of my little artists were familiar with her and the legend so they really got into creating her likeness today!
In recognition of Republic Day this year my little Doodlebugs reviewed all our national emblems but we focused on the ever captivating Scarlet Ibis! They drew and painted this gorgeous bird against the backdrop of a sunset swampy scene!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)