i know i am very late with this, but hey, what can i say? sometimes life gets in the way of fun stuff…and yes i consider blogging “fun” now, and i would even go so far as to say it’s become very therapeutic as well.

anywho…i had a request (which is a nice way of saying kick in the butt) to finish the series…i can’t promise that all tonight because i am currently suffering from a treacherous migraine; i can, however, at least add day 3, so here goes…

on day 3, the first artist we studied was sir georges seurat

he is the artist that devised pointillism, and is most famous for his painting “sunday afternoon on the island of la grande jatte,” which took him over 2 years to make. seurat died at the young age of 31. cause of death is uncertain, but assumed to be pneumonia. his infant son died two weeks later from the same disease. his last ambitious work, “the circus,” was left unfinished.

for this project i had the kids sketch their picture directly in their art journals, and then use q-tips to paint them in pointillism fashion. some really took their time and did an excellent job filling in all of the negative space. one of the examples of seurat’s work i gave was the eiffel tower (he was french) and i thought it was cute that one of the campers did a version of the eiffel tower as well.



our second artist of the day was picasso…i feel that picasso is over emphasized in art history, so i wanted to teach him with a twist. therefore, i didn’t do his blue period, or his distinctive cubism…we talked about his roosters!

the most interesting new thing i learned about picasso is that he loved art from such a young age, his first word was “piz.” (he is spanish, and “lapiz” means pencil. “piz” was short for that.) oh yes, also, his first name also has 23 parts…picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. he was named after various saints and relatives.

here are some of this roosters:

i let the children use oil pastels, and tori taught them how to get that nice “chalky” feel by going over everything with white pastel. these turned out very cute, i was pleased 🙂

lol, looking back i think i love these little roosters even more than the first time…hitting the hay…i have a long day ahead of me tomorrow.

until i have energy to post about day 4…