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.
'Tis the season for poinsettias! So we sponge painted them and created a terrific 3D collage and cut out terrific plant pots out of brightly coloured painted paper. This was all set off against a black background to make the lovely colours pop.
So I think it's fair to say the Picassos finished off the term in great style quite befitting of the season!
Merry Christmas everyone!
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 ❤️
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!
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!
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 :)