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Art Challenge of the week

Welcome!

Each week, we will be looking at a different artist and I invite you to have a go yourself!

Let’s get started!

 

This is a self portrait by a Mexican painter called Frida Kahlo.

She had a disease called Polio when she was young and lost the use of her right leg. She was also seriously hurt in a traffic accident. Because of this, Frida spent a lot of her life in bed or in a wheelchair. Her mother had a special easel made so she could paint in bed.

Frida almost always painted herself as,  'it was the subject she knew best'.

What is most interesting about Frida’s work is the symbolism she uses in her paintings.

Each object or animal around her tells us something about her.

 

Give it a go!

Create your own self portrait just like Frida Kahlo.

What will you put around yourself to show it’s you?

Football boots? The ECPS star? A book?

 

 

 

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Hieronymus Bosch who was born in 1450!

 

He is surely one of the most imaginative painters of all time!

Look carefully at all the strange animals he has created.

 

Give it a go!

Try drawing or painting like Hieronymus Bosch and conjure up some animals that you know never really existed….maybe a rabbit with an elephant’s trunk or a dog with the ears of a donkey!

 

 

 

For Angela Bulloch’s artwork Disenchanted Forest (2005), she hung and dangled long pieces of string from the ceiling to the floor. She filled a room with strange noises, lights and lots and lots of string.

Now make your own string den!

What you need.

  • A room or corner of your home which has lots of places and things which you can tie the string onto.
  • Lots of different kinds of string: cotton, wool and parcel string are examples. You could even use lots of rags.
  • Use as many colours and textures as you want.
  • Make sure to check with those you live with that they don't mind you making the den if it's in a shared space.

Do it!

  • Tie your pieces of string to door handles and furniture.
  • Connect things together, going round corners and in all directions.

TOP TIPS!

  • You could take one roll of string for a long walk around your room.
  • Turn off the lights at the end of the day and shine a torch through your string jungle – then you will really see just what a strange new world you have made.

From https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/sculpture/make-your-own-string-den

 

 

 

 

In half term, I would normally be enjoying walking around the art galleries in London but, unfortunately, they are closed at the moment. But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the art displayed! 

The National Gallery and Courtald Gallery have virtual tours!

 

Click on the links below and see if you can find all 7 these famous artworks! Who are they by?

Courtald Gallery Virtual Tour

The National Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to find out more!

 

Itching to go to a park, the forest or even somewhere more exotic like a tropical beach but can’t leave the house?

Never fear, Henri Matisse is here to help!

When Matisse was in his eighties, he could not leave the house, so he brought the outside, inside by cutting out shapes from coloured paper and arranging them on his wall.

He cut out birds, fish, leaves, flowers and seaweed and arranged them on his wall creating the outside inside his house.

 Give it a go!

Create your very own outside, inside by cutting out shapes from paper and arranging them on a wall.

It could be the beach, the park, the rainforest or even space! Wherever you would like to be.

 

 

 

Meet the artist Jackson Pollock, famous for making splashy, drippy, messy paintings.

This photograph shows the artist at work and what a mess he is making!

His way of painting was called action painting because he would move very quickly across the painting dribbling and throwing paint in long, wobbly lines.

He was part of a group of artists called abstract expressionists who made paintings that didn’t look like anything in real life. Instead, they tried to show emotions like anger or happiness in the colours they used and the way they put on the paint.

Give it a go!

Become an action painter like Jackson Pollock and create a massive, messy abstract painting!

You don't have to use a brush. You could use a stick, your fingers, hands, a pipette or string to splash, drip, flick and drag your paint onto the canvas.

Try this one outside as it is rather messy!

Pollock video 

Pollock video 2

 

 

 

 

Art can only be made from paint, clay or pencils!

Do you agree?

Andy Goldsworthy doesn't.

He creates his art from materials he finds in nature including twigs, reeds, rocks, roots, leaves and even ice!

Give it a go!

Next time you are out for a walk or in your garden, collect objects from nature that interest you and create a piece of artwork from them.

Think about the patterns and shapes you can make with your objects.

 

 

 

 

 

Look carefully at the sculpture above. What do you think of it?

Doesn't look like any person I've ever seen! Why has the artist made the figure so tall and thin? Why are the feet so large and the legs so long?

A quote from the artist can help us understand. He once said, 'I am not sculpting a human figure but its shadow.'

Now the sculpture makes sense. The artist was making a sculpture of the person's shadow not the person! I wonder why?

This sculpture was made by Alberto Giacometti.

Give it a go!

Try to create your own sculpture of a shadow. It could be your own shadow or someone else's - even your dog's or cat's shadow!

Aluminium foil works best!

 

 

 

 

Look carefully at the painting above. What do you think of it?

Weird, right?

This was painted by Salvador Dali and he called it ‘The persistence of time’             

He was part of a group of artists called the Surrealists.

They weren’t interested in painting or drawing things around them in the real world, instead they wanted to paint their ideas and feelings hidden within themselves. The Surrealist loved painting their dreams which is why the painting above is so strange.

 It is a painting of a dream Dali had!

Give it a go!

Become a Surrealist like Dali and paint or draw a dream you’ve had!

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