LATE IMPRESSIONIST STILL LIFES PAINTED
IN THE STYLE OF BONNARD
In this project the children were shown paintings by Pierre Bonnard as an inspiration before embarking on their own still lifes. The still lifes were created using q-tips in place of brushes in order to keep the image fresh with flickering colors. Colors were place on top of colors in an experimental way with the goal of always creating a work of seamless harmony.
CUBIST CITIES INFLUENCED BY JOHN MARIN
John Marin was an American cubist who created watercolors of New York City. Works by Marin were studied before the children created this project. The children were instructed to create a powerful road or series of roads that cuts a sense of deep space into the picture plane. Buildings pop up from different angles and from different points of view to give the composition a cubist feel.
PORTRAITS CREATED IN THE STYLE OF PICASSO'S AFRICAN PERIOD
In this project the children studied samples of Picasso Portraits created in his African Style. Picasso's African style preceded his development of cubism. The children were made to understand how radical an idea the African Period was in 1907. "Ugly" became "beautiful", and the creative freedom of modernism was intact.
AURORA BOREALIS (NORTHERN LIGHTS)
In this project the children learned about the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights found in the more extreme latitudes near the North or South poles. The children first placed the "lights" in pure color in pastel over blue paper in flowing patterns. Next stars were place throughout the sky and finally the silhouette of a far Northern town was placed at the bottom of the page.