Famous Artwork

| July 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

bryerIn a reverse of our usual week, we had art and crafts every day except Fun Friday – and of course, Splash Day on Wednesday.

Monday, we read artist Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach, a book of narrative paintings based on her quilt series from the Guggenheim collection.  Using markers the children drew pictures based on a theme from the book: anything I fly over belongs to me.  Among the things our students would like to possess were a speed train, an ice cream factory, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Greensboro aquarium and ponies.

Tuesday, we read Jeanette Winters’ illustrated biography of Georgia O’Keeffe and looking at photographs and paintings from museum catalogs of her work. In a two part collage activity, we painted blue skies and then cut and added clouds in the style of  O’Keeffe’s Sky Above Clouds IV.   Two of our students took an hour to cut and place each cloud. As Maria Montessori observed, this age group can really concentrate when they’re inspired.

Thursday we studied the history of portraits, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Rembrandt van Rijn, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso,  Frida Kahlo and Chris Ofili.  Afterwards, we used crayons to fill in one half of a self-portrait.  Friday we read Leonardo Da Vinci and the Flying Boy. We did not attempt to build a flying machine or launch any students from the roof, but a few of them are very interested in paper airplanes.  In another less predictable trend,  several of our older children have finally mastered the art of folding paper and cutting out triangles to make snowflakes, so many snowflakes were made this week.


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