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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Literature About Artists

I have several budding artists in my class this year. I wanted to tap into those interests, so we did a thematic unit last week about artists and I wanted to share some of my favorite literature on the topic.


I was a huge fan of Keith Haring in the 80's and I never knew this story about him. What a generous person. A true artist making art for the love of art and not the love of money.


Kandisky was one of the forerunners of the abstract art movement. In a world of portraits and paintings of bowls of fruit, he wanted to do something different. The colors spoke to him. I thought this was a really beautiful story.


Ehlert is an author/illustrator and she goes through her methods to get the images she has used in her famous stories.


Matisse made art even after bedridden in his old age.


A fun book with illustrations on transperancies that make the children gasp. :) It's a story that shows the basis of surrealism in a very kid-friendly way.


We painted abstract art with watercolors. It was very hard for them to not just make suns and rainbows but they did a great job!



These are their surreal paintings. I asked them to think of something weird and different-outside reality. We looked at some paintings by Dali as well as Magritte.




This one was Kafka-esque to me. Imagine waking up with a horn. :) 










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