Art Appreciation: The Group of Seven

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I love the arts, especially the creativity it evokes in young people. However, my own artistic ability, as it relates to visual arts, is very limited, and so I thought a fun way to integrate it into our school plan for the year would be through monthly Art Appreciation projects.

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October’s Art Appreciation project (albeit a little late being posted!) was a tribute to The Group of Seven, famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape.

We took a stroll up to the sand pit near our home and let the Fall landscape that surrounded us inspire our paintings, using tempera paints on canvas.

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The combination of Fall air and forest surroundings were the perfect muse, seeing as the kid’s both produced some pretty great masterpieces!

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Painting with nature!

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Each week on our Bush Kinder walk, I try to have the kids focused on some aspect of nature, whether it be based on observing, listening, or collecting. Their favourite, by far, is collecting pieces of nature for future crafting!

This week I had them look for natural items that could be used as paintbrushes for a painting project. They collected leaves, pine needles, a pine cone and some tree bark (my rule is that all collecting must be from that which has fallen naturally to the forest floor, this way we are minimizing our eco-footprint, as well).

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We began by heading out to the yard and setting up with a canvas, a variety of fall paint hues, and our nature finds.

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Then we got to work experimenting with the varying paint strokes, choosing from the natural items we had found.

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Even our youngest artist enjoyed this activity!

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This was a great creative experience and our completed canvases were masterpieces, in my humble opinion!

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Art Appreciation: Van Gogh

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I love the arts, especially the creativity it evokes in young people. However, my own artistic ability, as it relates to visual arts, is very limited, and so I thought a fun way to integrate it into our school plan for the year would be through monthly Art Appreciation projects.

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For September our muse was Vincent van Gogh and a study in Impressionist Art.

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Material Required:

– pastels

– heavy drawing paper (we used cardstock)

– paper towel

– examples of Van Gogh’s paintings (we have some Artist cards and the kids chose to emulate his works The Starry Night and  Sunflowers that we used)

After looking at a number of Van Gogh paintings and labeling their ‘blurry’ appearance as Impressionism, the kids set off studying and replicating their own versions of their chosen paintings.

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Once they were satisfied with their work, they rubbed their drawing vigorously with the paper towel to give it the desired ‘blurry’ or ‘fuzzy’ outcome.

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I was so impressed with the finished products. They were beautiful interpretations of an incredible artist! My offspring may just have been blessed with better drawing skills than my own!

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The Starry Night, By: Mr Man

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Sunflowers, By: Little Momma

 Check back next month to see where our monthly Art Appreciation project takes us!

{Hint: We will be taking to more natural surroundings for inspiration!}