My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

I wasn't sure how much they could do with this today, because we are in the middle of a Montreal heat wave and it's boiling in our classroom, but I figured abstract art would give them the freedom to play with colours and not worry too much about the outcome... especially since the heat was … Continue reading My First Graders Get Abstracted With Kandinsky

Marc Chagall’s Goat and Face – First Grader Style

How do I tie together Grafitti and Cubism??? I know; Marc Chagall. Well, that's how I see it. While the kids were out at recess, I gave each a big piece of construction paper (14" x 17") and a bowl of oil pastels. I queued up a fun video: "Marc Chagall Drawing Lessons". They came … Continue reading Marc Chagall’s Goat and Face – First Grader Style

Cubism as Interpreted by my Grade One Students

Originally, I intended to give a full lesson on Picasso, but I kept hearing a nagging voice in my ear telling me that is overdone in art education. Maybe I could approach this from a different angle (pun intended!). Maybe I can get them to interpret portraits through Cubism... or as I introduced it, by … Continue reading Cubism as Interpreted by my Grade One Students

Removing labels — The acts of un-defining art

This paper started with an intention to find the departure points between the Fluxus movement and the Neo-expressionism movement that followed it. What I found instead was an interconnecting array of art styles with a similar set of ideologies that all combine to form a bridge between Modernism and post-modernism. The underlying ideology is often … Continue reading Removing labels — The acts of un-defining art

A Reading Reflection – In Pursuit of The Irresistible Topos

Reading:  Debora Silverman, “Art Nouveau, Art of Darkness: African Lineages of Belgian Modernism, Part 1”, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History & Material Culture, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall-Winter 2011): 139- 181. In Pursuit of The Irresistible Topos In pursuit of a national art identity, or “gesamtkunstwerk” (143), King Leopold II facilitated … Continue reading A Reading Reflection – In Pursuit of The Irresistible Topos

La Belle Iseult vs. Woodpecker Tapestry

William Morris, founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood interpreted Medievalism in his work as an aesthetic devotion to the cultural expressions of that period. Influenced by the ideals of Ruskin and Marx, Morris saw Socialism as a path to counteract the ugliness of industrialized production, an ideology to promote the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of … Continue reading La Belle Iseult vs. Woodpecker Tapestry

A Visual Reflection on: The Hayloft by Rosa Brett

The Autobiography Of A Painting There is far less information written about Rosa Brett than other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to Nunn (1984, 633), it was the intention of the artist to be an outsider of this group. Starting with the use of the masculine pseudonym, Rosarius, to her aversion of socializing with … Continue reading A Visual Reflection on: The Hayloft by Rosa Brett

Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses

The history and legacy of the New Deal arts program is intertwined with the Mexican muralist movement. Its role in the evolution of public art helped define the Americana voice and opened the possibility for an ever-evolving American art scene. The practice of painting murals was present in the USA before FDRs New Deal. The … Continue reading Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses