Inspiring Beauty: Be the Designer

Designers use croquis as the base for sketching garments. Ask students to select a garment in Inspiring Beauty that speaks to them, and using a croqui template, sketch it! Remind students that, when drawing a figure for fashion design or styling, it is not necessary to show details in the face, hands, or feet. Use… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Extra! Extra! Read All About it!

Adapted from Joynear Duncan, education student at Alverno College and Museum summer 2014 Intern. What did students think was “newsworthy” about the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition? Review highlights from your recent visit, and pull up the exhibition website if you need a reminder. As a class, generate key ideas related to the images and… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Chiaroscuro Creations

Chiaroscuro paintings often have strong contrasts of light and dark. This style of painting was made popular during the Renaissance and often featured a portrait of its subject. In the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, the painting Salome (ca. 1681–85) by Carlo Dolci (pictured left) is one such example. Give students a chance to create their… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Pick a Piece

Some of the paintings featured in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were initially displayed in churches and other sacred places. Others would be included in the homes of wealthy arts patrons. After viewing the exhibition, imagine selecting one painting to take for yourself. Consider the following prompts to assist in the discussion: Which painting… Read on

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Additional Resources

Teaching Materials Abstract Painting Demonstration Video Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction  Meet the Cyborg Teaching Musicians How to Play Color, Not Sheet Music  Books Concerning the Spiritual in Art- Wassily Kandinsky The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse- Eric Carle The Blue Rider: The Yellow Cow Sees the World in Blue- Doris Kutschbach The Noisy Paint… Read on

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Observation

Discussion- Line, shape, and color are important building blocks for creating art. Select a painting by Kandinsky to discuss as a group. Activity- Look closely at the image for one minute. Notice the lines. What are they doing? Notice the shapes. Look for two kinds: geometric and biomorphic (or organic). Do you see shapes that… Read on

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Siginificant Experiences

Discussion- Reference a point in Kandinsky’s life, such as when he moved back to Russia, when he started working at the Bauhaus, or when his property was confiscated during World War I. What emotions might Kandinsky have felt at this time? Does his work reflect these emotions? Use the text panels in the exhibition to… Read on

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In Between the Lines

Activity Artists use lines to express movement, texture, and space. Step into the Juryfreie Murals room and identify the many ways lines are used. For instance, repeated lines create a sense of movement. Overlapping lines help suggest texture, while the weight and proximity of lines, such as having thick bold lines in the foreground and… Read on

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Mix It Up

Discussion- Kandinsky was an instructor at the Bauhaus, whose teaching program emphasized experimentation, form theory, and the direct handling of materials. He was best known for his instruction of color theory. In the visual arts, color theory organizes the colors in the spectrum and their relationships. Colors are categorized on the color wheel into primary… Read on

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