Last week it was Surrealism and the artist René Magritte.
This week we are studying
Abstract Expressionism (1940s - 1960s)
sample artwork from the art movement
- Jackson Pollock
Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)
Orange and Tan
sample artwork from this artist
- Mountains and Sea
note: you can see another example (Desert Pass, 1976) in the Helen Frankenthaler's Soak-Stain Art Technique blog post from Art History Kids
focus piece of art from this artist
element & principle of art and design
- RHYTHM & MOVEMENT
other notes (my suggestions)
Zac and I already did an assignment to jazz music for Fauvism (earlier this summer; see notes at the bottom of Henri Matisse)
look at images from Rothko wall calendar
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
by Barb Rosenstock
by Jan Greenberg
actually, one of my groups of summer camp students did action paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock last week... it was a huge hit!
this kind of artwork is best for outside for sure! they had so much fun spreading out in the sunny field, laying the cloth on the ground, choosing their colors, and being able to walk all around the cloth on every side putting color on however they wanted to! just going for it!
the soak-stain technique of Helen Frankenthaler also comes under the category of "messy and fun"
I enjoyed doing this activity so much I decided to give it its own post!
Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
by MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga
Wassily Kandinsky - "Painting Music," p.60
David Smith - "Cubi Structure," p.91
Jackson Pollock - "Action Spatter," p.93
Using Art to Create Art: Creative Activities Using Masterpieces
by Wendy Libby
Wassily Kandinsky, pp.109-116
Jackson Pollock, pp.169-172
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