Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gottlieb's The Tablets at SLAM

I don't have much to say about this one. I saw it and photographed it at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) several years ago.

Here is a quote from The Art Story about Gottlieb's work:

Gottlieb's art employed universal symbols of his own invention that transcended time, place, and language to appeal to the level of the unconscious mind and to offer a pathway of release from a trouble-ridden period in history.
It is a fitting quote for this piece. I am intrigued by symbols that don't mean anything to anyone except the artist. 

I can see potential for using this work to teach symbolism in ELA. Asking students to create symbols that would only mean something to them, symbols about which no one else could guess the meaning, could tap the highest level of creative and critical thinking. 

What do you think?

Have you seen this one? Seen another Gottlieb? Please share with me!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gasa Gasa NOLA

Gasa Gasa is in New Orleans. As you have probably figured out,  we get to go to NOLA three or four times a year. That's a bonus of having my only sibling live there. 

I've never actually been in Gasa Gasa, but here is what the website says about it:

As Uptown's newest venue for the arts we live to host live music local art exhibitions, film screenings and recording sessions.

Our goals are simple. We want to highlight the local talent that surrounds us and create a room accessible to all forms of artistic expression. 

Sounds awesome. I think my hometown needs a place like this. Also, I think I need to actually visit the venue. I have walked past it many times. My brother had some of his wedding photos made in front of it (which was awesome and I was jealous that I didn't think of that).

The mural is really cool. It was painted by street artist MTO. Check out the Facebook page. There is also an article about it. (Link for the article.) Apparently it is based on the philosophical book, The Fall. Let's all go check out that book. (Link for book Wikipedia article.)

Here are some photos of me in front of the mural. Check out the article for a few more pics. 

How can we use this work of art in our classrooms? Would this be something you could show the students to have them create a work of art based on a text? I think I like that idea. If you think of others, share!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

di Niccolo's Triptych at SLAM

I always love the 15th century religious art. I particularly love triptychs such as this one by Lorenzo di Niccolo (di Martino). This is tempera and gold leaf on panel. The golden color is breathtaking. This one exemplifies the 15th century taste for elegance.

Depicted here are Mary, Christ, and four saints. The saints are separated from the Virgin and Christ in their own individual compartments. Their names appear in the blue border at the bottom. This depicts St. Christopher, St. Blaise,  St. Sebastian, and St. Francis. God, the archangel Gabriel, and Mary are depicted at the Annunciation at the top. 

I have never ventured into teaching artwork such as this at the elementary level. However, at the high school level, I would think this type of art would be essential to understanding art history. If anyone has ideas about teaching this at the elementary level, please share.

Although I've never taught triptychs, I can envision integrating math skills into this. Fractions, thirds, balance, proportion, symmetry, etc. would all be appropriate. 

If you have any thoughts, please share!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Guy Harvey at the Pensacola Museum of Art

Beware, this post has a lot of photos! I tried to narrow it down. I took a lot more than this on my visit to the Pensacola Museum of Art in 2015. I managed to narrow it down to these. I did my best! HA!

When I visited the art museum, this Guy Harvey exhibit was there. Honestly, I'd never thought much about Guy Harvey until then. I knew there were t-shirts, and that is about all I knew. 

After this visit, however, I was really intrigued with him. He is a marine biologist and artist. I love this combination! My students find it interesting as well. It shows them the value of art in science. 

I've used these photographs to teach several things. My favorite is to teach conservation and marine life. I welcome you to also use the photographs in your classroom. 

The colors are brilliant. My photographs do not do justice to the colors. 

My favorite thing about teaching with Guy Harvey is that kids always start wearing their Guy Harvey shirts to art. I love that kind of authentic engagement!

Have you ever taught Guy Harvey? Let's chat about it!

Closeups of the turtle. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nanosculptures: Willard Wigan

I never tire of this video.

I cannot embed it because DENIED.

However, you can click the link. Then, you can see it on the YouTubes. HAHA!

This is partly because I love hearing that news guy say "dickens of a time." I mean, it just makes me laugh.

I also think it is funny how the artist says he doesn't enjoy working on the piece but enjoys it when the pieces are finished.

I mean...


This is how I feel about anything I write, anything I paint, having babies, and running.

I hate the act of all of those, but am very happy with the finished products!

Just watch the video.

Also, I still straddle the fence on whether I believe this. I am a skeptic to the core. Snopes says it is true, though. So, maybe it is. I'm going to need to ask this artist some questions. Wink. Wink. 

Whatevs. True or not, the overarching themes are OH.SO.RELEVANT!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Chuck Close: Keith (at SLAM)


This is why he is Chuck Close, and I am not. I could never create something this amazing. LOL!

This is a painting of Close's friend Keith. He painted this based on a photograph. WOW! Apparently, Close was inspired by the photograph's sharp focus around the eyes and blurring in the hair.

I saw this and photographed it at the Saint Louis Art Museum several years ago. Talk about hyper-realism. 

Close used grids to enlarge the image for his painting. The actual painting is 108 1/4 x 84 inches. It is pretty large. I think Close is pretty famous for his use of grids.

Grids=math integration.

I think he is a great artist to teach when students are learning about grids and proportion in math. It would also be a killer writing prompt. Students can write a story about this person. They could also write a monologue based on the photograph. What is Keith thinking?

Do you have other ideas? Please share!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Showing Off

This cat was created using plaster wrap and a mask mold from Sax Arts and Crafts. I've taught this project many times. This is one of my favorite student-created pieces ever. She chose her paint colors and just painted away. 

I was so nervous when she started in with the black paint, but she nailed it! The contrast is lovely. She wanted a sparkly bow. So, she drew one on a piece of brown paper bag and cut it out. Of course, there was glitter! I also really love the whiskers. 

This was all her own concept. One of my favorite things about it, besides the brilliant colors, is the way she has the black line on the forehead and around the eye line up with the black on the bow. It creates a very dramatic movement for that line. Super proud of this one guys! 

This is what Party in the Art Room is all about. Children being creative. Beauty in the world. Glitter and pink! Messes. All the most wonderful things in this world. 

Have a great week! Hope you enjoyed this spot of positivity!

Thank you to my dear friend L.W. and her lovely daughter for the time we spent together to create this. You both are beautiful and wonderful and I love you dearly!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stylized Landscapes with All the Watercolors

Students just drew thole shapes of hills. 

Then, they used crayons to add patterns. 

Finally, they painted over the crayons to create a wash with a variety of watercolors. 

You can see liquid watercolors, regular watercolor cakes, and metallic watercolor cakes.

 I love the differences in the way these types of watercolors look.

The round things are regular watercolor cakes. They are stackable. The wheels screw together.
Best thing ever: liquid watercolors in those tiny clear cups from the cafeteria and in a tempera cake tray!

Regular ol' watercolor cakes here. 

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