Franz Marc was born in 1880 in Germany. With a father who was a professional landscape painter, he was exposed to art at a young age.
His unique approach to painting animals from “the inside out to show their soul” resulted in unusual and bright colours. He sought out to provide a spiritual connection between the animals he painted and the viewer through the colours that he used.
In 1911 Marc, along with other artists formed a group
called Der Blaue Reiter which means The Blue Rider in
German. They set out to create paintings that expressed color in new ways.Their art style was called Expressionism.
Marc’s artistic career continued even after he was drafted to fight in World War I. He painted large canvas covers in pointillistic camouflage to disguise artillery on the ground from aircrafts flying above. In 1916, Marc was killed in action during the Battle of Verdun.
Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881. He had trouble in school but his father, an art teacher, didn’t mind as Pablo preferred to draw instead.
He moved to Paris to attend art school when he was 23. He was
quite poor and painted sad scenes. This was called his
Picasso experimented with his art and along with a friend, he
created CUBISM. Cubists painted objects from many
angles and ignored round shapes and the rules of perspective.
Did you know…
• When Picasso fell in love, he painted happier events like circuses and children. This was called his ROSE period.
• Picasso created more than 20,000 pieces of art in his lifetime.
• Picasso achieved much fame in his lifetime
• He put a date on every piece of artwork he created because he wanted to create a timeline of his art
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.
Ho, ho, ho... here we go! And what a ride it was 😨 😂 So your kids made two adorable ornaments for the tree! I only put out red and green to try to prevent Christmas from turning into Carnival because I know that these are likely to take up a prominent space on your trees... you’re welcome lol
They painted, glued and glittered and in the end were very proud of their little paper ornaments as they should be! Totally adorable ❤️
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!
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!
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...
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!
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!
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 :)