We had a blast teaching our second art series camp for the summer! Monet and Me artists were able to explore different Contemporary artists and even explored this art form by using a variety of materials! We can't wait for our next camp in August. Sign up your favorite artist today!
What do you see in this colorful painting? Monet and Me students had a great time working with their finger prints to create this abstracted piece inspired by Chuck Close. This Contemporary artist (who is still living and continues to work today) loved to create portraits that fool the viewer’s eye. So, it may seem like our fingerprint paintings only look like a bunch of dots on the page but, once you move further away from it, you can see a slight indication of a vase of flowers!
By using watercolor paints and oil pastels, this painting was inspired by one of our favorite Contemporary artists! Jasper Johns uses every day symbols such as targets, flags, and the alphabet to create his work known in the style of Pop Art. Monet and Me artists were used a variety of oil pastels to write out the alphabet and then switched to watercolors to paint over each letter resulting in a rainbow alphabet.
Not all critics were fans of this artist’s paintings in the beginning of his career when he was most famous during the Fauvism movement. But, when it came to the Contemporary art he created later in his life, audiences fell in love with Henri Matisse! Inspired by his colorful cutouts, Monet and Me artists re-envisioned his most famous creations to paint their very own Matisse-inspired shapes.
Known for her beautifully colored flowers on collage paper, Beatriz Milhazes is one of the most successful female artists today. This Contemporary hails from a small town in Brazil and uses her own culture to create artworks that represent her identity. Monet and Me artists recreated one of her most famous floral collage pieces and turned it into a creation of their own by using oil pastels and found materials.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser is known as one of the most famous Contemporary Austrian artists of his time. Using both geometric and organic shapes, this artist creates images of flowers and other natural settings to envision his own type of landscapes. Monet and Me artists had a blast learning about Hundertwasser and his bright colored paintings!