The Art of the Still Life
While visiting my children in NYC during Thanksgiving break, I was able to spend time enjoying the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at MOMA. It was a joyful, inspiring and beautiful show. Wanting to share Matisse's creative process with the children, I incorporated many of Matisse's processes into our third Sign-Up study of the still life. The study was designed to encourage children to explore color theory and composition. Since emulating the art of Matisse would have limited creativity and intellectual engagement, we focused on the artist's PROCESS of investigating color relationships and other art elements. We also had fun looking at many diverse approaches to the still life. We began by creating thumbnail sketches of our large still life:
Bibi arranges color and shape as she constructs her composition with her painted papers.
Our Imaginative Structures!
After building, wrapping and painting, our structures were complete! They are on display in the lobby of the Steward Building. First, here are a few of the diverse pieces we studied:
Some of our Structures:
Stage III Artists Study Ancient Roman Art!
As the Stage begins our study of Ancient Rome, we are exploring some of the art processes of the culture. An investigation into light sources for the Ancient Romans led us to create clay lanterns. Here is the process:
First, we made pinch pots.
Making Paint the Ancient Roman Way!
We studies many of the old frescoes from Ancient Roman times, and we found that the paint that has survived for thousands of years was made with eggs! Having some Italian (nontoxic) pure pigments at home, I thought it would be interesting to make our paint using this ancient technique. First, we created very small drawing of fruit and vegetables that the Ancient Romans grew and enjoyed. Many of the remaining Roman frescoes feature food. Then we broke a lot of eggs!!! It was exciting to mix the yolks with the pigments and discover how well it worked! Here are some photos of our experiences:
One of our Ancient Roman inspired arrangements.
Coming up: Adventures in Reading and Art with Carmen