This week the Picassos were introduced to artist Paul Gauguin, who was born in Paris, but moved to Tahiti. He loved the tropical setting and native people. In his painting, Tahitian Women on the Beach, he depicts two women in their everyday environment. One woman is weaving a basket while the other keeps her company. In his paintings, he used colors that were much brighter and bolder than the colors found in nature. Because of his use of color and painting style, he was called a Post-Impressionist painter.
My artists focused on his use of complimentary colours as well as contour lines in recreating this piece. By looking at this piece they also got a good example of how an artist can be influenced by his surroundings... for instance Gauguin started using the bright, sun-drenched colours of Tahiti in his work.
Cézanne is known for his still life paintings–mostly of household objects arranged with various fruits. Cézanne would spend hours arranging the fruit and moving his easel around to get just the right perspective. We talked about how particular he was how long he took to complete his paintings. It is said that he took so long in fact to complete his still life paintings that his fruit would often rot in its place! EEEEW! LOL.
My Doodlebugs then started recreating our very own still life! They drew their bowls and fruit and we talked about overlapping! Introducing my little artists to new words and terms helps them to develop great vocabulary skills all while having a great time!
These gorgeous bright bowls bowls will be completed in our next class so stay tuned till then!
My Picassos are continuing their exploration of artist Paul Cézanne. This week we tuned our attention to his still life paintings. They looked at his ‘compositions’ and the colours he used... he’s known for using complimentary colours to develop contrast and shadows.
I talked to them about the process of setting up a still life and then they got down to recreating our own version. This piece will be completed next week.
Our still life pieces are complete! Shadows and light were added and the Picassos learned how to use shadow to create a 3D look out of a 2D surface.
For Republic Day this year my Doodlebugs are creating a piece that we're calling Every Creed and Race. It shows our multi-ethnic nation working together under one flag! This was so fun to create and packed with skills like using shapes to create a whole picture as well as hand-eye coordination in following the directed line drawing aspect. Not to mention we put the ART in Smart yet again by focusing on our Social Studies tie in! I’m proud to report that most of my littles could identify the phrase “every creed and race” as a line from our anthem... needless to say it also prompted them to burst into song! 😆🇹🇹
Cezanne is called the Father of Cubism and the Warhols got to really focus on what that means in creating this piece. They looked at how Cezanne famously reduced the subjects of his paintings into geometrical shapes like cubes, cylinders and cones. The were also asked to observe his brushstrokes and mimic his choppy style.
Cezanne of course never painted coconuts because they were not native to his home country, France. His works are full of apples, oranges and other fruit. But local artist Che Lovelace created a piece in Cezanne's style and I thought it would be nice to show them both side by side and have them try their hands at this master's style but with our own local flair!
They focused on drawing this week, next they will add colour and texture to complete their Cézanne/Lovelace inspired coconuts.
My Doodlebugs started off the term listening to Not a Box by Antoinette Portis! From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows and I thought... what a perfect way to set the tone for the term! To send the message that we must all dig into our imagination and let ourselves dream!
They followed a directed line drawing of the simple rabbit illustration from the book and then we talked about what they wanted to turn their boxes into. They got to see how they could transform their 'box' into a number of different things just by adding more lines and shapes!
Hooray for expanding imaginations and stretching the creativity of our kids!
For our first Picasso class I decided to do a fun little piece depicting a circus tent! After all who hasn't been to see the Suarez Brother's over the vacation?? Yup... I think they stayed long enough to ensure every single Trinidadian child made it to the circus! LOL
This piece was meant to serve as a kind of warm up for my newbie Picassos as well as a relaxing welcome back to my oldies! A nice, fun and easy piece that still delivers a gorgeous end product!
They had to create the tent curtains and also draw who was onstage so that when the curtains were pulled back you would see inside! Loads of fun and we got their creative juices flowing, while having a nice time chatting about our vacation.
So I wouldn't normally make Republic Day about the specific president. In the past I've focused on our national symbols but I figured this President is special! She's our first female president so I think a portrait is in order!
This term we're also focusing on the work of French artist Paul Cezanne so my Picassos and Warhols are going to be applying Cezanne's style in this piece. Two of his pieces are shown below.
They used a limited colour palette (in our case we chose red, white and black... I'm sure you can guess why) just like Cezanne and focused on making tints and shades and studying how light affects the appearance of colour.
Homework for Warhols:
We can all feel it getting hotter every year so it’s not just the ice caps that are melting! This book gets into a bit of the science of why climate change is real and what we can do about it! This book was probably the most engaging of all we did this week. It prompted a lively discussion among all the campers from my tiniest to the oldest! Everyone had something to contribute... from "Miss, yes my mummy always says I should turn off the TV if I'm not watching it!" to "Hmmm... MISS! If the ice caps are melting it could really cause floods in Trinidad?!?!? Well, we are all connected... so we might not see it immediately but yes. I had them vow to make one small change when they go home, so parents you can remind them I said that... and we'll see how it goes!
My little ones painted a pair of penguins set against a snowy background and my older campers had a blast painting polar bears wandering on a sunset evening.
This gorgeously illustrated book not only talks about the tiger and how magnificent it is but it also mentions maaaany other animals that we have never seen because they are already extinct and some that are on their way out of existence!
It really drives the message home that unless we do something we are going to lose some of this earth’s most incredible creatures!
My older campers started a batik tiger print on a brown cotton tote bag.. which they were totally excited about! Tomorrow we will paint and then they have to be washed before they can be sent home and unfortunately I didn't take a single pic of those... it was just one of those days... but you'll see them soon enough!
My younger set made a tiger painting focusing on the face. They were really proud of this and so was I because any time you can get a young child to draw something from a series of steps and have it look like the animal they were aiming for well... success! LOL and I think they were all successful! 😍🐯
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 :)