Learning about art at school consisted of me coming up with ideas that I could never quite carry off and admiring the other student’s artwork particularly those of squashed cola cans.
I knew I liked Renoir having seen one of his paintings on a greetings card. I knew my Mum favoured Lowry. Funnily enough, I don’t know what sort of art Dad liked although he did paint some beautiful landscapes.
I wonder what makes one person favour one artist over another.
I want my children to have a wider knowledge of art than I do and to learn with them. With this in mind, we are studying a piece of art each day.
Yesterday we started with Katshushika Hokusai from Japan. We took a look at The Great Wave. It is interesting how we noticed different aspects of the print. I could not see the 3 boats until my son pointed them out to me. I could see Mount Fuji clearly but my children did not immediately. When I asked what the print made them think of, my son said it was like Southsea. What a coincidence that we had watched a video of the mighty waves of our local area that same day.
Anything a bit off centre will always appeal to children I find. Apparently Hokusai once chased a chicken with red ink on its feet to make maple leaves!
I am not sure I like the print but then again part of this journey is to expand our horizons so it might grow on me.
Today we considered A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. My daughter was immediately convinced it was a painting of Victorian times and the dates fitted perfectly for that. The location is Paris with lots of people relaxing by the River Seine.
We had a fun “Where’s Wally?” like exercise picking out various animals even including a monkey on a lead! Another coincidence as both myself and my daughter at monkeys when it comes to the Chinese New Year.
Apparently Seurat used a technique of dots, dabs and dashes so the painting took two years to paint.
How much do you know about art?
What questions would be good to reflect on as we continue learning about art?