matisse: icarus.

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This month for art mom I taught Milo’s class about Matisse’s “Icarus.” I showed them the piece and we talked about Matisse’s life and how he “painted with scissors” near the end of his career when he was sick. We talked about what we think this piece of art means. We talked about the colors and what they represented. I then told them the story of Icarus – and we had a great discussion.

This was an easy project – both to get the kids talking – and for them to use their imagination to create something of their own using the same process and colors. Some chose to replicate the piece exactly and some kids put their own spin on it!

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block printing with second graders.

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I did another art talk in milos classroom. This time I taught second graders about”The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokausai.

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we talked about all the different things they saw in the painting and then I talked to them about wood block printing and and the process behind it.

Then we did our own block printing, using styrofoam plates! Ahead of time, I cut the edging off the plate, so they had a flat circle to work with. I had the students draw whatever they wanted on the plates with a pencil; we spread some paint on the plate using a foam brush, then placed paint-side down on the paper and rolled over it with a brayer. (just a note, we found fatter lines worked better, so when a dull pencil works better than a pointy pencil)  We each made a few prints, so they can see what a “process” it was.

I loved seeing how creative the kids were with they chose to draw. It made a little bit of a mess, but I think the kids had alot of fun with it!

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