Friday, August 16, 2013

Art History 102: Extending The "Masters" in Early Elementary

Art History 102: Elementary School Response to the Masters via RainbowsWithinReach

Last Spring's Art Shows

I realize that school start-up season is at hand! Some have already made their way back and are getting into new routines and others will be headed that way very soon! Yet here I am still 'unpacking' my memory cards from last spring. 

The images in today's Art History exhibition are a compilation of several of my spring Author/Illustrator visits across Ohio elementaries. What a joy to capture the hard work of students and teachers alike. It is no small feat to display dozens/hundreds of projects. 

Let's start with Monet and his iconic water lilies. First off are renditions painted by kindergartners in NE Ohio. 

Monet Paintings in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

Monet Paintings in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

It's always helpful when observers of a student exhibition have a point of reference for the student work. Including a reproduction of the 'master' inspiration is always beneficial. 

Monet Paintings in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

Seeing an entire floor-to-ceiling wall display of the water lilies was breathtaking. 

Meanwhile, back in central Ohio Monet himself stood at the school's front door to welcome the admirers. Ironically, I visited this school in Hilliard two days in a row and was able to see the display 'emerge' over time.  

Monet in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

Monet in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

Monet in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

Monet in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

This student work 'floated' on free-standing display racks in the school's central hallways. What a joy to see the work being hung and the excitement level raising. 


Now let's leave Monet and take a look at some kindergarten work in the style of the final collage assemblages of Matisse. Bright, simple designs cut and glued together were a great introduction to this master's last work. 

Matisse in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

Matisse in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

Matisse in Elementary School via RainbowsWithinReach

The kindergarten students also studied the bold work of Miro. These colorful designs were crafted on the computer. 

Miro in Elementary Art via RainbowsWithinReach

Miro in Elementary Art via RainbowsWithinReach

From Miro to Kandinsky! 
Designs this time in the form of concentric circles. 
These filled the space above the window area, as you will see shortly. 

Kandinsky in Elementary Art via RainbowsWithinReach

Kandinsky in Elementary Art via RainbowsWithinReach

Kandinsky in Elementary Art via RainbowsWithinReach

Kandinsky in Elementary Art via RainbowsWithinReach

Now from the work of the Kindergarten children and their first grade counterparts, 
to the projects of older and more capable fingers. 
Behold. 
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch. 
These pastel works are striking and show a great deal of capability. 
While I only saw the 'completed' projects, I am guessing that the self-portrait component may have been a photograph which was then enhanced with pastels. Whatever the technique, the outcome is memorable. 

Munch's "The Scream" Elementary Art Master Response via RainbowsWithinReach

To conclude today's Art History lecture, let's end with a smile. 
Imagine if you will Leonardo's "Mona Lisa." 
Then consider updating and creating your own masterpiece with folded hands. 

Quite an array of insight and interest in this work. 

Mona Lisa Parodies via RainbowsWithinReach

This is the second installment in what can now be considered a series. 

*As a former elementary Art teacher I LUV seeing this type of work happily on display in schools where I am visiting. 
Click the image below to see the first set of ideas.

Art History 101: Art Projects for Early Elementary via RainbowsWithinReach

Here's the next installment. Just click the picture for the next set of ideas. 

Art History 103: Early Elementary Projects in Response to the Masters at RainbowsWithinReach

I have a plethora of ideas for art teachers already chronicled around here. 
Just about a year ago I organized images that I'd viewed in Art rooms wide and far in this article. 

Art Room RoundUP and Organization via RainbowsWithinReach

Just last month I just had an article on primary and secondary colors featuring the designs of first graders. 

Primary + Secondary Colors in First Grade at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's an earlier RoundUP of Color Theory Ideas for Young Students: 

Color Theory Explorations for Children via RainbowsWithinReach

And finally, here is my directory of "Art Pinners" 
-- those who pin from an Art perspective! 

Pinterest Directory for Artists, Art Teachers, Teaching Artists + Creative types LINKUP (via RainbowsWithinReach)

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to familiarize you with my picture books --
 in the hopes that you might be inspired to have your students respond to my work. 



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