Branching Out: Three styles of trees in art
This month is all about trees! Minimal trees, super fancy trees, and expressive painterly trees.
BRANCHING OUT: THREE STYLES OF TREES IN ART
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.
A MOMENT IN TIME: THE GREAT WAVE
This month is going to be wet and wild! We'll be exploring Japanese art and printmaking as we study Katsushika Hokusai's iconic woodblock print – The Great Wave. Your kids will be invited to experiment with some fun new techniques, and go back in time to see what it was like in Japan when Hokusai was making his art!
Artists around the world have painted themselves– from ancient times to the Renaissance, and even today... it seems that every famous artist has done at least one self portrait. Why are self portraits so important? For some artists, it's like keeping a diary. Self portraits are their way of documenting how they see themselves, and how they want others to perceive them. For other artists, it's all about experimentation and trying new things. This month we'll explore paintings by three artists from three different countries and three different art movements!
What do these things have in common... a 30 foot spider sculpture, a page of freeform painted spirals, and a book made of cloth. They are all the amazing creations of an artist whose work spanned a century! This month we'll look at the art of Louise Bourgeois. We'll chat about all of the different ways she made art and how the subject of her childhood was the magic thread that tied it all together.
PLAYING WITH PAPER
This month we'll take a look at three artists who all used paper to create their art in unexpected ways. We'll learn about the art movements of Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and Post Modernism. And, we'll discover some fun new materials and processes as we practice planning our composition, using perspective, and making paper collage art that tells our viewer a story.
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