This week was our first week of Kids’ Summer Art Camp. We had a blast! In the Mini Masters Camp taught by Miss Heather, we learned a lot about some famous artists.
Mini Masters Day 1
Here are some facts about Paul Cezanne, the famous French Post-Impressionist painter.
- Paul Cezanne was born on January 19, 1839, in Aix-en-Provence, France.
- Cezanne was born into a wealthy family. His father was a founding member of a successful banking firm, and Paul Cezanne never had to worry about money.
- He moved to Paris in 1861.
- Cezanne wanted to represent real life in simple forms. He explored using ‘geometric simplification’ and his work inspired Picasso and Matisse. They referred to Cezanne as ‘the father of us all’.
- Paul Cezanne died of pneumonia on October 22, 1906.
- An exhibition of his work in Paris in 1907, the year after Cezanne’s death, exposed a new generation of artists to his work and techniques.
- Cezanne painted a range of different subjects during his career, including landscapes, still life and portraits.
- Cezanne painted slowly believing that he needed to truly observe and understand his subject matter before he could capture the moment with a brushstroke. His portrait might take him over 100 working sessions to complete.
We learned that he painted in bright colors that didn’t look like a photograph. We also learned that a still life is setting up real things to look at and paint or draw from.
Still life lessons are the best way to discover and practice the basic techniques of drawing and painting. You can take the drawing and painting skills that you learn from this lesson and apply them to any subject in art.
We did a still life painting just like Cezanne on an artist canvas with acrylic paints.
Next, we learned about Pablo Picasso. We learned that Picasso made faces that were really funny looking. This was because they showed different sides of the face at the same time.
Here are some facts about Pablo Picasso, considered the greatest artist of the 20th century.
- His full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santasima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Wow!
- His mother once told him when he was a child that “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.”
- In the 1930s Picasso became fascinated with the mythical creature the Minotaur. This creature had the body of a man and the head of a bull. It appeared in many of his pieces of art.
- He produced over 1,800 paintings and 1,200 sculptures.
- Many of his paintings have been sold for over $100 million!
- He was married twice and had four children.
Manipulating a piece of clay develops the child’s large and small muscles. Clay play fosters eye-hand coordination. Soft clay is receptive and responsive to all kinds of emotional expression. Clay is so fascinating that some children work for long periods without any adult motivation to maintain their interest. It can be a great way to extend the attention span of some children.
Mini Masters Day 2
Here are some facts about famous artist Henri Matisse.
- Came down with appendicitis when he was younger, and during his recovery, he fell in love with art and decided to become an artist.
- His mother encouraged him not to follow the normal rules of art, but to try out new things and to paint his emotions.
- He spent 1 year studying art at the Academie Julian in Paris, but left to train under artists Gustave Moreau. Moreau helped him explore more modern styles of painting.
- In 1897, Matisse met painter John Peter Russell. Russell introduced him to Impressionism and to the work of Van Gogh.
- In his later years, Matisse began to experiment with cutouts. He would cut out colored paper and make collages.
- Some of his cutouts have become famous pieces of artwork, including The Blue Nude, The Knife Thrower, and Icarus.
We did a cut paper project of Matisse’s Goldfish.
Here are some facts about famous artist Claude Monet, who is considered one of the greatest French artists of all time.
- Near the end of his life, Monet embarked o his largest project; a series on the pond at his home in Giverny. It involved a number of huge paintings of the pond in different lighting.
- All the paintings were on a panel together that was over 6 feet tall and nearly 300 feet long.
- During this project, Monet was suffering from bad eyesight and lung cancer. He spent the last 10 years of his life doing this, and donated the final project to France in honor of the end of World War I.
- Monet founded the Impressionist movement, one of the major movements in art history which had a major influence on future artists.
Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted his water lily pond directly from nature to show that even on the gloomiest of days, a vast number of colors can and do exist. To capture those variations, Monet created a new painting technique using short brushstrokes filled with individual color. The result was a canvas alive with painterly activity, the opposite of the smooth blended surfaces of the past.
We created a mixed media painting of Monet’s Water Lily Bridge.
Our second camp was Jurassic Art Camp taught by Miss Ivey! This camp was all about dinosaurs.
Jurassic Art Camp Day 1
The first thing we did in Jurassic Art Camp was create a plaster cast for our dinosaur fossils. To do this, we flattened a ball of clay and stuck the mini dinosaur into it. Then we set them out to dry.
The next project we started working on was our raptor claw wirewrap necklaces. These raptor claws were our inspiration.
We used a material called Sculpey to shape our raptor claws. Tonight, Miss Ivey is going to take the claws home and bake them in her oven. Then tomorrow, we will make them into necklaces with wire.
Here are some facts about Velociraptors.
- You pronounce their name ‘vell-os-eeraptor’.
- The meaning of its name is ‘quick plunderer’.
- They lived in the Late Cretaceous Period.
- They had huge claws on their back legs.
- Their length was 1.8 meters (6 feet).
- They weighed about 55 pounds.
Next, we started working on our Stegosaurus water resist silhouette painting. We used paint that was very watery so that the colors would bleed into each other. After they dried, we put a silhouette picture of a Stegosaurus on top.
The next project we started on was the background for our T-Rex acrylic canvas painting. The kids really felt like artists with their canvases and easels!
Here are some facts about T-Rexes.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘Tyrant Lizard’.
- T-Rexes were one of the biggest meat eater dinosaurs.
- The largest T-Rex tooth found is 12 inches long.
- They could sprint up to 20 mph.
- Their length was up to 40 feet.
Jurassic Art Camp Day 2
Today we finished all of our projects that we started yesterday. First, we took our dinosaur fossils out of the plaster cast. We painted them tan and put sand around the edges. Here’s the finished product!
Next, we worked on finishing our raptor claw wirewrap necklaces. Miss Ivey showed us an example of a wrapping pattern, and then we made up our own wrapping pattern. These necklaces can be worn or even hung up on the wall.
We then finished our Stegosaurus painting and our T-Rex canvas painting. They all look so cool!
All the kids had such a great time at Mini Masters Camp with Miss Heather and Jurassic Art Camp with Miss Ivey! We hope to see all