An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work
National Gallery of Art
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of full-color images, this family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing. This treasure trove of artwork from the National Gallery of Art includes, among others, works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Chuck Close, Jacob Lawrence, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder, representing a wide range of artistic styles and techniques. Written by museum educators with decades of hands-on experience in both art-making activities and making art relatable to children, the activities include sculpting a clay figure inspired by Edgar Degas; drawing an object from touch alone, inspired by Joan Miro's experience as an art student; painting a double-sided portrait with one side reflecting physical traits and the other side personality traits, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci; and creating a story based on a Mary Cassatt painting. Educators, homeschoolers, and families alike will find their creativity sparked by this art extravaganza.
colors live.” André Derain 2 Side by Side After settling with his family in a hotel, Matisse invited his friend, the young painter André Derain (1880 – 1954), to join him in Collioure. Matisse and Derain worked every day, often painting side by side around the village. They sketched the boats in the harbor, the fish market, and the nearby Pyrenees. They even made pictures of each other. Using paints straight from the tube with little mixing of pigments, they applied vibrant—often
1950, paper collage on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund What shapes do you recognize in Beasts of the Sea? Find shapes that remind you of Henri Matisse at work on a paper cut-out in his studio at the Hôtel Régina, early 1952, Nice-Cimiez. Hélène Adant (20th c.) � Copyright Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Digital Image � The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. After
for a brief return to France, he spent the rest of his life in French Polynesia. Van Gogh in Provence In the winter of 1888, Van Gogh moved to Arles in the southern region of France known as Provence. There, the dazzling sunlight, golden wheat fields, and blooming sunflowers were far different from any place Van Gogh had experienced. He was inspired by the beauty of the landscape, and he often painted outdoors to capture the bright colors and intense sunshine. Paul Gauguin, Haystacks in
one spent in moderation and self-reflection, and weigh their worldly possessions with their spiritual life. Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection 3 Contemplative Moments Both A Lady Writing and Woman Holding a Balance show moments of thoughtful attention. Consider other similarities as well as differences between the paintings. The lady at her writing desk looks as if she has been interrupted. What might she be thinking?
ability to contain opposed ideas.” Martin Puryear 3 Lever No. 3 Lever No. 3 is a large sculpture with a heavy, massive body curving into a long, graceful neck that ends with a delicate circle. Puryear named this sculpture after the lever, a simple machine used to lift or move a heavy object by applying pressure at one point. Instead of looking like a tool, however, the sculpture resembles natural and biological forms. It might remind you of a plant tendril or an animal with a long neck.