Students were inspired by Basquiat’s loose, free- style improvisational paintings to paint with repetition of lines and shapes as well as using words and symbols. A friend of Andy Warhol, Basquiat was different from graffiti artists because his words had a higher meaning than just a name on the side of a building. He described his work, “I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.”
In Art Adventures, children discussed the work of David Hockney and his interest in space, digital reproduction and representations of the real world.
Children used layering and parts to create a whole to make their own non-conventional photomontages which played with different points of perspective and explore representation.
This past Saturday in our Parent/Child Workshop, parents and children worked together with Cecile Chong to create their own Encaustics. In class, we drew a story on canvases for the basis of our painting, covered them with encaustics, etched lines to be filled, and poored wax!
Take a peek at the fantastic results below and don’t miss out on our next Parent/Child Workshop on May 4th – Silkscreening with Gary Lichtenstein.
Museum Adventures loves the art museum guards! On one of our recent visits to the Guggenheim Museum of Art, Museum Adventures kids and adults enjoyed the Picasso Black and White exhibit lead by Claire Munday.
“The guards are always interested in what we are doing, the projects we work on and they share such wonderful stories! For example, it was a curious guard that told me a great story about Picasso while I was building the lesson plan. He said that when Picasso would go to a restaurant, he would take the insides of the soft french bread and begin rolling and shaping it into sculpture while waiting for his food! Having such busy hands and always having to be making art would certainly explain why Picasso has so many pieces.” ~ Claire
To read the New York Times interview with museum guards, click here. We recommend it.