Van Gogh's Sunflowers is one of his most famous paintings and to capture the characteristic lively brushstrokes the Picassos used a unique technique! They mixed drywall compound into the paint and applied it using a pallet stick.
They really enjoyed manipulating the paste onto the cardboard andvseeing the effect it created. I have to say I love the texture!
Vincent Van Gogh was born in Holland in 1853. He had two bothers and three sisters but was closest to his younger brother, Theo. Vincent loved to draw as a child and by the time he was 27 years old, he devoted his whole life to painting.
When Vincent first began painting, he painted images from his surroundings which were a bit
gloomy. He used dark, sad colors. When he moved to France, he started to paint sunflowers.
The colors he used became brighter and his iconic short brushstroke was developed. He painted
portraits, streets, cafes and countrysides.
Vincent painted hundreds of pictures, sometimes finishing a single painting in a day. But then,
Vincent became unwell and he moved into a hospital so others could take care of him.
In this lesson, students will learn about one of the few
female Impressionist artists: Mary Cassatt. The way that Cassatt captures light in her painting Summertime is magical. I am jealous of the women on the boat leisurely watching the ducks! Those ducks are the inspiration for this painting that features texture, value and movement.
ABOUT MARY CASSATT
Mary Cassatt was an American artist. She also
lived in France for part of her life. Impressionist artist
Edgar Degas became her friend and influenced her to
take a place in the Impressionist movement. Cassatt
liked painting scenes of family, specifically mothers
with their children.
Claude Monet was born in Paris, France in 1840. He began drawing as a teen and soon became well known as a caricature artist.
Monet began painting outside (Plein Air) and was inspired by the ocean. He loved to paint the reflection on water. Soon, Monet became known as an “impressionist” which meant his paintings had an unfinished look. His brush strokes were lively and captured the feeling of the way the light looks at that moment. Sometimes he would paint one subject over and over again but at different times in the year to show different light.
It’s interesting to occasionally mix things up and have students create a painting that is not on white paper. This floral still life project is done on black paper. The trick is to paint the drawing white first so that the other paint colors will really pop on the black. Chalk pastel accents are added to give the bowl and plate form.
ABOUT BERTHE MORISOT:
Berthe Morisot was a French painter who was part of the Impressionist art movement. She enjoyed painting scenes from everyday life, such as family, children and flowers. Like other Impressionists, Morisot painted using short brush strokes with a focus on capturing light in her artwork.
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 :)