Artist George Seurat developed a style of painting called Pointillism. With his paint brush, he would apply solid colored dots to a canvas, that, when viewed from a distance, would comprise a specific form. These different forms combined optically to make a picture. Both Claude Monet and George Seurat were from France, so we continued our discussion of France, where it is located, and what it looks like. We then discussed the various attributes of Pointillism, and created our very own masterpieces! When young children learn about an artist such as George Seurat, they are exploring his perspective on the world around him. Learning about his paintings instills an appreciation for art and inspires your little one to express themselves in the same manner.
Paul Cezanne was a French artist noted for his still-lifes and development of the style of painting that utilized shapes at their most elemental form. He regarded the world as being composed of cylinders, spheres, cones, and cubes. These shapes adorned his many pieces, and he created them with thick paint, using solid outlines to build form. Our lesson commenced with a discussion of Cezanne, where he was born, and the most prominent characteristics within his works. We then talked about what a cylinder, sphere, cone, and cube were, and looked for these shapes around the front yard. Next, we went to work! Using Apples and Oranges as our inspiration, we sought to mimic Cezanne’s mastery of form and shape!
With its significant focus upon geometric themes, Cubism serves as an important avenue for young artists to learn about mathematics and the artistic process. Picasso often used geometric shapes to represent parts of the body. Using “Three Musicians” as our inspiration, we identified the various shapes within this masterpiece, and discussed the body parts that they resembled. Using pictures from a magazine, plastic eyes, and pre-cut shapes, we created our very own geometric shape collage!
Art projects that imitate the many styles of Pablo Picasso provide an opportunity for all young artists to be successful. The vast array of his works include surreal, abstract, monochromatic, and Cubist themes. This variety inspires experienced and inexperienced artists to perceive the world in new ways. Such awareness furnishes a gracious medium for beginning artists to replicate his unique slant on reality. Using newspapers and glue, we created buildings out of newspaper! Picasso was fond of using abstract components such as newspaper and cut paper, that when combined, formed a unified composition. Your little ones enjoyed creating enormous skyscrapers, houses, and buildings that reached to the sky!