This year you have learned a lot about art,
and we hope you have enjoyed all the children in the paintings
that we have shared together. Over the summer vacation you
may have a chance to visit a museum and see some original
paintings. Most of the art work we've seen this past year were
only copies or reproductions and may have slightly different
color or size when seen in the original. Whether you see the art
as originals or reproductions, it may help you to look at things
around more carefully.
Besides learning to read books, you have learned how to “read”
a painting. All of the children in the paintings this month are
also learning. We learn in many ways. We learn new things at
home from our parents and relatives, at school from our teacher
and in play from our friends. Sometimes we teach ourselves
things. What are the children learning?
Review the methods of “reading” painting as you discuss each
1. Use all your senses — “touch “, “smell “, “hear" , and “
taste" as well as “look".
2. Place the painting in history — compare life styles.
3. Learn something about the artist.
4. Does the painting tell a story?
5. Does the painting express a mood or feeling? How do you feel?
- After School, Harold Ransom Stevenson,
American (1924-), Reproduction print.
- A Dutch Courtyard, 1660, Pieter de
Hooch, Dutch (1629-1677), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
|Pieter De Hooch (1629-1677)
|Known for his interiors providing an intimate
glimpse into Dutch houses as women and children go about their
|Found the structure and materials of rooms as
interesting as the people.|
|Part of a group of Dutch painters.|
|Wanted to express the values of cleanliness,
orderliness, rectitude. Placed a high value on home, marriage,
cleanliness and the importance of teaching children these
|Famous for the amount of interior space he
could portray in one picture (frame)|
|Using shifts of light and scale, texture and
mood, de Hooch has condensed a complex setting into a single,
well-ordered frame, faithfully mirroring reality.|
Young Fisherman, Jeremiah Pearson
Hardy, American (1880-1887), William A Farnsworth Museum, Reproduction
Rivera, Mexican (1886-1975),
| Diego Rivera was one of the
greatest modern Mexican artists. He was friendly with Picasso and
learned from his cubist style. He also was influenced by native
Mexican art. Perhaps Rivera is most famous for his mura1s which
are done with. the, classic fresco method. These murals are
amazing but they also convey the plight and dreams of the Mexican
Young Man Sharpening his Pencil, 1737,
(shar-den), French (1699-1779), Petit Palaise,
Paris, reproduction print.
Chardin liked to paint people doing everyday things. This boy
spent his school days doing much the same things you do, but look
how differently he dressed. Notice the tri-cornered hat, the hair,
the “waistcoat". To keep his papers, he used a portfolio instead
of a notebook. Notice his pencil with
chalk on one end and graphite on the other. He used a knife
instead of a pencil sharpener.
Chardin was born in Paris in 1699 and lived and painted there
until his death in 1779. His private life seemed sad but his
paintings give dignity to the common man. He learned from the
Dutch painters who preceded him how to paint the commonplace and