Monday, April 25, 2016

Artist Flowers

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One of my favorite all time t-shirts has a picture of nine american flags each illustrating the style of a different artist.   More recently, I've seen this one:



When you think about it, that's quite a challenging endeavor: communicating an artist's defining characteristics through a simple illustration.  I decided to try something along these lines with my sixth graders... and they certainly proved up to the challenge! 
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 I should mention that this was an art integrated lesson involving the language arts teachers, the librarian, and the visual arts teacher (me :). During the course of this project, sixth graders broadened their research skills, read informational text from both print and online sources, learned to determine credible online resources, wrote a research paper sharing their newfound knowledge, and learned to write a properly cited bibliography.  
Each child chose an artist and began reading and researching. 
Then we used this mind map to help analyze their artist's styles. 

We discussed icons, logos, and symbols and talked about how a simple illustration can communicate volumes. We all enjoyed these minions.
I wanted a very simple iconic shape that was easy to draw and finally settled on a flower, in large part because of it's anthropomorphic similarities.

For fun, see how many artists you can guess! Answers are at the bottom : )
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  1. Georgia O'Keeffe
  2. Grant Wood
  3.  Rene Magritte
  4.  Jackson Pollock
  5. Chuck Close
  6.  Frida Kahlo
  7. Henri Rousseau
  8. Vincent Van Gogh
  9. Georgia O'Keeffe
  10. Marc Chagall
  11. Andy Warhol
  12. Winslow Homer
  13. Salvador Dali
  14. Faith Ringgold
  15. JohannVermeer
  16. Vincent Van Gogh
  17. Pablo Picasso
  18. Claude MOnet
  19. Edgar Degas
  20. Henri Matisse

1 comment:

  1. In my opinion these artworks should
    replace some hanging in museums.
    This style of art touches my soul. Thank you St. Jude

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