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.
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.
A mosaic is art that is made up of many small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials such as paper or ceramics. During Medieval times in the Byzantine Empire, mosaics were a popular art form. Mosaics made of stone, glass, pearls and gold commonly decorated the interiors of churches all over the empire.
Early mosaics were made out of available materials, like pebbles and shells. As technology evolved, artists were able to cut squares of glass and marble because of the hammering and chiseling tools that allowed them to cut materials into small squares.
My older kids adapted this concept using a painting technique that is done to look like a mosaic. They drew from an image of a popular Byzantine Mosaic and painted using some bright and attractive colours! The end result is quite striking!
I can almost feel the mist on my face and hear the crash of waves when I look at the artwork Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. We discussed what they might see, hear, smell, taste and touch when they imagine themselves in the artwork. Then they started to create their own Sea of Fog Mixed Media art with textured rock paper, a sense of space in the depth of their seascape and by drawing a lone figure watching it all.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog is considered one of the masterpieces of the Romanticism art movement. The emphasis on nature and emotion make this piece a classic example of Romanticism. The artist who painted it is
Caspar David Friedrich, who was a German artist. His is best known for his dramatic landscapes that typically feature a lone figure.
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!
The Hall of the Bulls is a large hall inside Lascaux Cave. Massive drawings of bulls, some 18 feet long, stampede along the walls.
ABOUT LASCAUX CAVE
In 1940 a cave was discovered by teenage boys in southwest France. When they entered the cave, they were surrounded by paintings on the walls and ceilings.
The paintings are estimated to be 17,000 years old. Most of these prehistoric paintings are of large animals, such as horses, cattle and bison, and were painted with black, red and yellow mineral pigments.
The Stone Age people were able to see in the cave with the use of lamps made out of stone. Over 100 prehistoric lamps have been found in Lascaux Cave.
We recreated the look of these stone walls by creating texture and using tones that may have been found on its surface.
ABOUT CAVE OF THE HANDS
Located in Santa Cruz, Argentina, Cave of the Hands is known for the hundreds of red, white, purple, yellow and brown hands stenciled on the walls. It’s believed that the hand art dates back to around 5,000 B.C. The prehistoric people used mineral pigments to make their prints on the cave walls.
A few years ago I visited the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in DC and got to see a replica of a cave painting upclose! Today the kiddos and I had loads of fun creating our own handprints and imagining what it would’ve been like to live loooooooong ago, using mineral pigments to print our hands on the walls of our cave homes!
The Colosseum continues to be a magnet for attention today, 2000 years later. This lesson features this amazing structure as the focus, created to look like stone by scrunching the paper.
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 :)