Paul Cezanne

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When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.                                                                                                                                                                                    Paul Cezanne                                                            20180901_233908867983162950515007.jpg

 

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

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Under a blazing mid-afternoon summer sky, we see the Seine flooded with sunshine … people are strolling, others are sitting or stretched out lazily on the bluish grass.                                                                                                    Georges Seurat                                                                                                                  

It seems a bit ironic that in 1884 blazing hot summers were a normal part of life but it seems as if they were. I like living where we can enjoy the sunshine most of the year. I could not imagine life any other way.

 

 

Edgar Degas

I’ve always had a soft spot for ballerinas. Maybe it’s because Miss Bethany was a dancer. I remember her twirling around the room for hours as a little girl saying “Watch me, Mommy.”

I feel in love with Edgar Degas many dance paintings. I know he has other paintings that are incredible as well but I am amazed at his beautiful ballerinas. If you get a free moment, sit down with a nice cup of tea and look at some of his paintings. You won’t be disappointed, especially if you are fond of little ballerinas.

Grandma Moses

We have studied many traditional artists so far this year so I decided to introduce a more contemporary artist in co-op. Grandmas Moses started her career late in life. Our lives are never over just because we think we’re too old.

                       “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”                                                                                           Grandma Moses               

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Make the most of your life, no matter if your a child or a senior adult. You have the chance to impact your world. How will you make a change today?

Norman Rockwell

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Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I’ve always called myself an illustrator. I’m not sure what the difference is. All I know is whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.                                                                                                                                                                               Norman Rockwell

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In co-op we began learning about Norman Rockwell. His patriotism, small town values and love for a child’s point of view is obvious in his illustrations. When we began to discuss his work we noticed he was not afraid to stand for what he believed in.

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We also noticed all the puppies in his work. After all, who doesn’t love puppies?

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His Four Freedoms Series was something that seemed to strike a cord, even with our teenagers today.

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Feeling safe, having enough (especially food), being able to worship freely and having the right to say what each of us individually believes in are freedoms that we can all still relate to today.

At the end of class one of the girls said that Norman Rockwell is her favorite artist that we have learned about so far which triggered a conversation about which artist was the favorite of each student. Putting into these kids will affect their lives. I hope to leave something positive to inspire their futures, just as Norman Rockwell helped to mold the future we live in now.