Wolf Kahn (check out his webpage by clicking here.) is a very interesting landscape painter. He has quite a proficient body of work and continues to paint and create pastel works to this day.
To get the artwork started, we discussed how to mask off parts of the paper using masking tape. This was fun! Some of the students choose incredibly detailed trees with limbs and branches going off in all directions. Other students opted for a more simplified landscape.
The first graders and I discussed his use of color. We chose to use either cool colors for the foreground/middle ground/ background and then warm for the sky or vice versa. The line where the sky meets the ground is called the horizon line.
Pablo Picasso's Cubist period was the inspiration behind these masterpieces. We discussed collage, organic and geometric shapes, and breaking the object into shapes (similar to a puzzle piece). We used lots of unique textures that Picasso might have used in his collages (cardboard, newspaper, music sheets). And, we added glitter!
We have a special occurrence this month. As you probably know, the artists are chosen by me and Mrs. O'Hara. Without discussing it at all, she sends me the names and pictures of students she has chosen from her classes each month. This month we have TWO families represented!
I got to squeeze one last visit to the High Museum in 2014 (click here to find out more about the museum) . There were a few exhibits going on and I feel so fortunate to have had the whole day to roam and take in all the artwork.
The first exhibit we (my sweet husband was my date) saw was Cezanne and The Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection. This was in the same (large) space that led to "Make a Joyful Noise" Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral. There was a lot of art from a lot of well-known artists in this exhibit. I loved that Modigliani was featured. I only regret that, because there was a lot of artist shown, there was not more of his artwork. I loved seeing the thick application of some of the van Gogh's. I loved the delicate drawings and paintings from Cezanne. Here's a link to the collection with great info on the artists highlighted: click here
Then we went to view the photos from the Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. I didn't realize they were in color. This threw an interesting twist into looking at these photos. Just being in the large room and taking in the breadth of his work was moving. Click here to learn more about this collection.
Lastly we were in awe during The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff. I can't describe how cool it was. The experience of being in this large room, surrounded by speakers, and choosing how you interact with the piece was purely stunning. Click here to learn more about this exhibit from the High. Here's some more links about this Motet: The Met, Another review. I really hope you get to experience it yourself!
Here's a video of part of it when it was in the Henry Moore Sculpture room (so there are cool sculptures around to look at while taking in the musical experience):
And, of course, we browsed the rest of the High before leaving. I loved this chair and the Finster collection is always a favorite of mine (although going to his real Garden was the most spectacular!).