Sunday, September 17, 2017

What on Earth is Happening in Art?!
It’s been a busy semester so far!  Here is a look at some of the artists we’ve been studying since August.

If you have a  kiddo in the K-6th grade, you may have noticed some of the following influences in the artwork they have brought home.

"Constructivism was an artistic and architectural philosophy that originated in Russiabeginning in 1913 by Vladimir Tatlin. This was a rejection of the idea of autonomous art. He wanted 'to construct' art. The movement was in favour of art as a practice for social purposes. Constructivism had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century, influencing major trends such as the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Its influence was pervasive, with major effects upon architecture, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion and to some extent music.” (Wikipedia)

To read more about this type of art please see: www.theartstory.org/movement-constructivism.htm


Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.  The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-impressionism. The Divisionists, too, used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes.” (Wikipedia)
To read more about this type of art, please see:  www.visual-arts-cork.com/history-of-art/pointillism.htm

All of our students in K-6th and the Jr/Sr High Drawing classes have been studying the work of Diego Rivera.


"Diego Rivera was the most visible figure in Mexican muralism, a large-scale public-art initiative that emerged in the 1920s in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. During the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910 Diego Rivera used his talents as a painter to fuel the movement with passion. Widely known for his Marxist leanings, Rivera, along with Marxism Revolutionary Che Guevara and a small band of contemporary figures, has become a countercultural symbol of 20th century, and created a legacy in paint that continue to inspire the imagination and mind." (diegorivera.org)

To read more about  this artist, please see:  www.diegorivera.org





Our Drawing and Portrait Art classes have been exploring the genius of da Vinci. 
"Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.” Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature. Largely self-educated, he filled dozens of secret notebooks with inventions, observations and theories about pursuits from aeronautics to anatomy" (history.com)
To read more about this artist, please see: www.history.com/topics/leonardo-da-vinci

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