Wednesday, February 01, 2017

From the Art Docent: Pop Art Hearts

Hearts have been on my mind lately. A family member had open heart surgery a couple weeks ago, so I've bought heart-shaped, get-well balloons, seen heart shaped hospital pillows, and now, being the start of February, Valentine's month, I'm seeing hearts everywhere! Even on a walk. In one day, I saw three:

Tree Trunk Heart

Road Kill Heart

Mossy Rock Heart

So for art class, I was inspired by Pop Art artist, Jim Dine for his heart series. The lesson was "motion" but instead of creating a project with moving parts or a discussion on line movement, I decided the artists themselves should be in motion.

Artists in Motion

I created five work stations: oil pastel, watercolor (with masking tape), paper collage (with gel medium, hole punches, stickers and textured paper), markers, and colored pencils. The kids broke into groups, drew a 2 x 6 grid on their paper, and spent ten minutes exploring the materials at their assigned table. When the time was up, they moved onto the next station, either standing or sitting, while creating a simple heart illustration. At the end, the groups repeated a station to fill in the sixth square.

Heart Inspired Wall

Students' Work

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~ Andy Warhol

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