ART LESSON ON MODIGLIANI
Grade 7 students explored the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani and his uniquely styled portraits. They learned that he depicts his sitters with elongated necks and noses, in curved poses with low hanging shoulders, empty eyes and small mouths as part of his style. Students were also introduced to the use of oil pastels, layering and smudging them to blend the colours. And after all this they created their own portraits of imaginary characters trying to both skillfully use oil pastels and Modigliani’s unique style in portraits.
ART LESSON ON ALEXANDER CALDER
Grade 7 students explored the American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and his floating wire sculptures. Calder was one of the first artists to create non-solid sculptures which were hanging from the ceiling, moving and casting beautiful shadows. In our class, we learned how to create blind, continuous line drawings, which are sketches created without lifting our pencils, or looking at our paper. This was a preparation for making our own continuous wire drawing-sculpture where all the parts are linked with one another.
ELEMENTARY AFTER SCHOOL ART CLUB
We combined Leonardo da Vinci’s and Andy Warhol’s style of art and created our very own new style! Andy Warhol was creating a number of portraits of famous people using bright, unrealistic colors. Leonardo da Vinci painted the very famous Mona Lisa painting!
So, after we learned a few things about the artists we used a black and white image of Mona Lisa and colored it in bright, unrealistic colors to create our own, many different versions of her!
Ms. Konstantina Kapanidou
Visual Arts Teacher