Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Last week at preschool the class put on a wonderful art show for their families.  It seems most of the kids love art, so the teachers developed an entire curriculum around famous artists and their work that the kids learned about and experimented with over several weeks.  At the end, each child had a portfolio of masterpieces to show to their adoring public.

Each artist had their own display complete with a "bio."  In addition, they each had 2 other posterboards suspended from above, one with more artwork, the other with photos of them engaged in the creative process.

Here's our personal favorite undiscovered struggling artist with his gallery display.

The teachers, Miss Kasia and Miss Sandra, did the most outstanding job!  Our 4 and 5 year olds were educating us on artists like Monet, Michelangelo and Matisse, genres like Impressionism and Cubism, and media like pastels and watercolors.  I got to witness the class firsthand lying on their backs painting pictures underneath the tables like they were painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  So amazing!

Here are some of Joseph's personal works of art.  But P.S. - how much effort went into matting, mounting, and captioning all this art for 17 kids?!?!  These teachers ROCK!

I'm loving the Monet.  I'm digging the Van Gogh sunflowers.  I can see all the different fruits in the Cezanne still life.  But hands down, my FAVORITE, his self portrait.  And his bio?  To die for!

To me it kind of looks like a cross between Pig Pen from Peanuts and Heath Ledger's Joker with the smeared lipstick.  The one blue ear adds some mystery.  Art is so subjective!  What was he thinking? What do you see?  But there it is:  a portrait of the artist as a young man.  Perhaps I need to reread the James Joyce novel of the same name to see if there's a future in art for our son.

Back at home later on I cleaned off the bay window and set up Joseph's art show for Papa to see when he got home from work.  I could look at this all day!

1 comment:

Nadeen said...

So Friggin Awesome!!!!!