The Carnival season is fast approaching and I feel like this term only just started but here we are jumping right into Carnival mode! As we all know Moko Jumbies are an exciting and intriguing part of Carnival culture. The Picassos got a bit of history on what influences brought them to our shores and what they symbolize and then we got right down to watching this short clip of children their age who are learning the Moko Jumbie skills!
Their task today... to draw and paint a Moko Jumbie. To do this they had to decide on their composition... where is the Jumbie doing his dance, what is in the background? They also had to come up with his pose and costume or clothes. Then of course they decide if they will draw one Moko Jumbie or a group. Take a look at what they produced.
Salvador Dali was one of the most eccentric artistic characters of all times! Among his many many quirks...
So after chatting a little about the man and a little about his art my little Doodlebugs got down to making a portrait of Dali and his mustache!!
This week it's all about the eccentric Salvador Dali at the studio! Dali is known for creating some extremely strange and thought-provoking art in the surrealist style. He was born in Spain in 1904, the second son to his parents. His older brother also named Salvador Dali died before he was born and his parents gave him the same name. Some say that this is why young Dali fought to have his personality recognized and made such a show of his presence.
Dali had many, many quirks... such as;
But Dali put all of his eccentricity into his art so you know that the resulting images pushed the limits of what was considered to be normal! The Picassos looked at one of his pieces in particular, simply named Elephants, which you can see below.
The animal with its long spindly legs brings to mind the concepts of weight and space. We talked about the symbolism in the painting and I drew their attention to the bulkiness of the animal, the thin legs, the barren background and the obelisks on the backs of the elephant and the fact that these are actually floating.
They created their own Dali-inspired animals! Take a look.
In our last class the Doodlebugs stamped some flowers for the beginning of our interpretation of the artist Rousseau in the Paris Botanical Gardens! This week they drew in the structure of the garden greenhouse as we talked about why this building is made of glass and steel and they also cut out some flowers to decorate their borders!
Last week the Picassos followed in the footsteps of Post-Impressionist artist Henri Rousseau and created some beautiful jungle scenes. This week watch as they bring these jungle scenes to completion using a variety of different techniques and take in their animals!
Point of Note:
Rousseau painted a variety of 'zoo animals' in his jungle scenes because he never actually left Paris and created his paintings from his research at the zoo and the botanical gardens... so the children are aware for instance that a giraffe's habitat is actually the savanna! LOL
Artist Henri Rousseau painted lively jungle scenes, but he actually never traveled outside his home city of Paris, France and friends there are no tropical jungles there! So how did Rousseau come up with the scenes for his paintings? Well, he visited the Paris Botanical Gardens and embellished what he saw using his very wild imagination!
Today the Doodlebugs started creating our version of what Rousseau might have seen on one of his visits. They sponge painted some flowers and leaves today and we talked about what a greenhouse is and what it is used for as well as how it is different from the jungle!
Next week we will add the greenhouse gates and some more plants to make our Rousseau piece complete!
From contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig we're moving to 19th Century Post Impressionist artist Henri Rosseau! Rosseau was a self-taught artist who became famous for his jungle scenes. All his artwork was created from his imagination because he never actually left his home of Paris France.
The children started creating their leafy backgrounds today using a combination of techniques. They learnt all about positive and negative space and created their own stencils, they sponge painted for texture and also drew and collaged some leafy foliage to give their jungle scenes some depth. Next week they will finish off their backgrounds and our jungle inhabitants will move in, so stay tuned you don't want to miss that!
This adorable little book celebrates the creative process with simple but powerful descriptions and really beautiful illustrations. Marisol is at first worried that she won't be able to paint the sky because she has no blue paint, but then she discovers that the sky can be almost any colour depending on when you look up! After hearing the story the Doodlebugs really understood that the sky doesn't have to be blue and then we talked about what kinds of colours we might use to paint the sky!
Then they got down to creating their watercolour skies which turned out really quite beautiful. They also drew and coloured a picture of themselves arms outstretched and cut and stuck it onto the background to mimic the last picture in the book!
Last week the Picassos started their abstract portraits inspired by contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig and this week they're adding lots of colour, line and pattern to make those portraits really pop!
They are also getting some practice using analagous (colours next to each other on the colour wheel) colour schemes and working with chalk pastels!
To see the first part of this project -> Silberzweig Portraits
This week the Picassos looked at the work of contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig (and incidentally learned that this just means she is still alive and creating art today, in our time). She's from Canada and loves to create colourful abstract portraits, but what's also very interesting about her is just like Kandinsky who we met last term, she also has the condition synesthesia! She wrote the following verse about how she experiences colour...
I am a synesthesia goddess
The children looked at some of her art pieces and we talked about how she uses the Elements of Art to enhance her creations!
They got starting drawing out their abstract faces today and then outlining them with glue... next week they will add colour and pattern and complete their lovely designs!
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 :)