This month: Sensational Self-Portraits
Exploring self-portraits with Gustave Courbet, Vincent van Gogh, and Yayoi Kusama.
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.
Claude Monet painted a series of Water Lilies in the garden of his home in Giverny. This month we'll explore some of these paintings, as we learn about Impressionism, Monet's use of color, and the way he captured the effects of light in his art.
This month we'll discover some of the things that make these 3 portraits famous around the world. We'll unlock some mysteries that baffled art historians for centuries, and we'll see the way portraits were painted differently in the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, and French Impressionism.
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