Have you ever stood in front of one of those “hidden picture” works – the ones that are supposed to have a dolphin hidden in the field of flowers or something like that? I’ve never quite been able to figure those out, but I have always had a thing for optical illusions. Those are the… Continue reading Op Art and Kinetic Art Unit Study
When I was little, I loved comic books. This was probably because my older brother had a massive collection of them that I wasn’t allowed to touch. Like any good little sis, I had a goal of sneakily reading every one of them. Maybe that’s why I love the art of Roy Lichtenstein. It just… Continue reading Roy Lichtenstein and Pop Art Study and Activities
There are certain images that are just plain iconic. You can place them immediately, whether you see them in a museum or screen-printed on a tote bag. Monet’s Water Lilies. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans or Marilyn Monroe Series. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links… Continue reading Andy Warhol and Pop Art Study and Activities
When I was a kid, I was strangely drawn to Jackson Pollock’s paintings. I didn’t really understand them, but I loved the energy, the color, and the movement. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links does not change your price at all, but it does help support this site.… Continue reading Jackson Pollock and Abstract Art Study and Activities
The works of Vincent van Gogh are some of the best-known paintings in the art world. Starry Night and Sunflowers, for example, can be found everywhere from items in gift shops to picture books and children’s projects. What is fascinating, however, is his sheer range. How could the man who painted The Potato Eaters have also created Field with Poppies just a few years later?
When I was a little girl, I loved the ballet. I took classes when my family’s budget would allow, and when that wasn’t possible, I listened to music from performances and looked at pictures of dancers every chance I got. Edgar Degas’ renditions of dancers were among my early favorites! I didn’t really understand everything that went into them, but I loved looking at his dancers. They were graceful, beautiful, flowy, and strong…but they were also real. He somehow managed to capture both the fantasy of the ballet and the reality of the dancer’s lives. How he did this is really an interesting story!
Ahh, Shakespeare. The Bard himself. The playwright and poet we all know we’re supposed to teach…but how? Perhaps you remember suffering through some plays or sonnets in 10th grade English, frantically trying to figure out what they meant for the test. Or maybe you love Shakespeare yourself, but your kids just aren’t there yet. This book might be just the ticket!
One of the really fascinating things about studying an artist is learning who the person behind the work really was. We can see plenty in the work of the great masters; without knowing who the person behind the art was, however, there is much we miss. Looking at John Constable’s work, it is easy to think of him as “just” a landscape artist. This is, in fact, what many people in England thought of him during his life. He set out to prove them wrong, and he did so in an incredible way.
I have so much fun coordinating art projects with other areas of study. History, literature, math, and science all lend themselves so well to art! (Ok, it’s probably the other way around, but still.) That’s why I like the new craze about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). I don’t generally go for fads, especially in education, but this one leaves room for so many great studies.
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