ANCIENT GREEK ART
You can tell a lot about a society by looking at their art. This month we’ll get to know the people of Ancient Greece, and we’ll learn about them by looking at the things they created— their buildings, pottery, and sculpture.
March Book Links and art supplies
FAITH RINGGOLD’S NARRATIVE QUILTS
Faith Ringgold’s quilts are a unique combination of textile art, painting, and the written word. She grew up in Harlem in the 1930’s, and her art explores social and political issues that touched her life. In addition to her illustrious career as an artist, she’s also authored several children’s books! This month we’ll discover what makes Ringgold’s art so extraordinary, and kids will be invited to create their own story quilt!
ART FROM THE LASCAUX CAVE
Let’s travel 18,000 years back in time, and deep into a hidden cave full of art. This month we’ll explore drawings, paintings and engravings of animals in France’s Lascaux Cave. The cave features images of horses, bison, aurochs, reindeer, lion, bear, woolly rhino, and even felines. There are various markings and symbols in the artwork, too!
ADVENTURES IN ABSTRACTION
Wassily Kandinsky was an influential leader in the abstract art movement. He was interested in color, form, and composition. For Kandinsky, art was an expression of his internal world. This month we’ll experience our senses and make abstract art inspired by our surroundings as well as our own personal thoughts and feelings.
BRANCHING OUT: THREE STYLES OF TREES IN ART
This month is all about trees! Minimal trees, super fancy trees, and expressive painterly trees. Let’s take a look at the way three painters – from different art movements and different parts of the world – explored the same subject… trees! We’ll spend time this month observing trees and creating art inspired by minimal Japanese sumi-e, expressive Post-Impressionism, and decorative Art Nouveau.
POINTILLISM IN THE PARK
Let’s explore Georges-Pierre Seurat’s dazzling A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
We’ll spend the whole month studying this one work of art because there are so many fascinating things to discover, chat about, and try in your own art.
THE WOMEN OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Everyone talks about Jackson Pollock... and Mark Rothko... and Willem de Kooning. There's no doubt about it, they are all amazing artists. But we rarely hear about another group of amazing artists who were painting at the exact same time, and with just as much creativity and energy. This month is all about the women of the Abstract Expressionist movement– and we'll focus on three amazing painters. Let's explore the art of Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, and Judith Godwin.
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