Monet & Me students discover the world of Roy Lichtenstein.
Lichtenstein was an American Pop Art Painter whose artistic style developed from comic art strips. Kids and Comic Strips, the perfect combination! His work was done in primary colors—red, yellow, blue. The benday dot, a method by which an image is created, and its density of tone modulated in printing, was a key element in his work. Sometimes, he created his comic strip work by recomposing the strip then projecting the newspaper print onto his canvas!
This week, Monet & Me students are emulating Lichtenstein’s work, and benday dot method. Primary colors are introduced as a part of our artistic element study. To better understand the benday dot method, students will observe comic strips under a magnifying glass. We are off to another great week of creating exciting artwork from proud kids! Next up, De Kooning.
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Georgia O’Keeffe serves as Monet & Me’s point of inspiration for this week! Students are creating floral compositions with watercolor and acrylic paint on a colorful canvas. The artistic style, abstraction is discussed and encouraged as each child is exploring his or her creative means. The importance of color and composition is introduced as we discuss artistic terminology.
Now, let’s talk about O’Keeffe! This iconic American Painter, who died at 98 is most known for her abstract studies of flowers, but has also been recognized for her compositions of landscapes, reclining animals, and animal bones. As a New Mexican, she was highly influenced by her desert surrounding’s, which served as an artistic inspiration. O’Keeffe was devoted to creating art expressing “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and work are celebrated at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum located in New Mexico, (visit here: okeeffemuseum.org).
Next up, De Kooning!
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Monet & Me Classes have begun with a bang! Pollock's Abstraction and Warhol's Pop Art have been the focus of the last two weeks.
Pollock was a great introduction to our series. His paintings were easily and beautifully mimicked. The kids got messy while action painting (splatter painting), with acrylic paints on canvas. The importance of line and motion was demonstrated through their expressionistic masterpieces!
During Warhol Week the kids produced a series of self-portraits with oil pastels, watercolors, and colored pencils. The significance of color, and the idea of self-portraiture was incorporated as part of our lesson. Uncle Andy’s Cats, which was written by Warhol’s nephew, was perfect for story time! You can buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Andys-Cats-James-Warhola/dp/0399251804.
Next stop for Monet & Me’s "Great American Artist Series", the iconic Georgia O'Keeffe! Stay tuned as we will continue to blog on how we are ducating the future with fine art skills.
In celebration of POP, a contemporary art show opening in Austin Oct. 17-19th, we have incorporated the iconic pop art of Liechtenstein and Warhol into their American Artist Series Curriculum!
Matt Randall, owner of POP will has curated some of the most legendary contemporary artwork promoting the opening of POP's Austin International Art Show at Fair Market on the East 5th Street. Enjoy an interactive art experience with contemporary art from over 35 globally recognized artists! Catch a glimpse of controversial Shephard Fairey's Street Pop Art as your stroll through the work of established and emerging artists.
Although most of our "Artistic Outings" include the kiddos, this might be a fun date night with a significant other or a group of friends! Soak up Pop Austin's good vibes and enjoy. Visit www.popaustin.com for more information.
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Shepard Fairey, War By Numbers Mural , View More at http://www.obeygiant.com
All the youngsters are getting back into the swing of things this year. At school they will be exercising their left-brain with logic, language and analytical thinking. We hope you will give your child’s right side a good workout this semester at Monet & Me. The right side of the brain is thought to be associated with expressive and creative tasks. What does this include? Recognizing faces, expressing emotions, music, reading emotions, color, images, intuition, and our favorite-creativity. They are all waiting to be unlocked from your child’s mind! Sign up for Monet & Me today!
In celebration of the kids heading back to school we wanted to share a few kid inspired paintings created by artistic legends!
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