First Grade has been covering a series of famous artists and art styles this past month. The first two styles we looked at were Pointillism and Impressionism, which are very similar. Each student was asked to make their own Pointillism creation using only dots (no outlines as guides). The entire paper was to be filled up with dots, so it was quite a task. At first, they request seemed daunting, but as they started to work, they gradually realized it wasn’t so bad, after all. In fact, these became one of the most popular drawings of the year! For Impressionism, students drew The Starry Night completely on their own. I provided a picture reference and a brief reminder about using short dashes, not scribbles, and then let them at it! The images were amazing! Like with Pointillism, they were a bit alarmed to be given free-reign, but once they gave it a try, they realized that they were more than capable of drawing the picture all by themselves.
After that, we took a look at Piet Mondrian and his Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow. The most important features of his work are his color choices and his attention to detail, so we made a point out of learning to use a ruler to draw perfectly vertical and horizontal lines by lining the ruler up with the edge of the paper. Once the lines were drawn, it was smooth sailing for the coloring part.
And finally, we looked at Picasso’s cubism portraits. It was a nice break from the very strict rules of Mondrian’s art, since the cubism faces aren’t supposed to look perfect, and they offer a huge span of color choices. These should be done later this week, so in the meantime, stay tuned!