| For thousands of years, artists all around the
world have loved horses. Remember that before that before the
invention of cars, horses were the fastest and easiest way to
travel; they were important to people.
we'll look at very ancient pictures of horses and pictures of horses
done not so long ago, in this country. Each artist must tell us what
is basic about a horse (so we'll know that it's not a cow), but each
artist also tells us about his own special experience with horses
and in his own way. There are as many different styles or ways of
painting as there are different artists in different countries at
Before we begin looking at the pictures, perhaps
you can tell me of your experience with horses. Who has been up
close to a horse or been able to ride on one? (In the sharing, try
to bring out words that describe horses or the child's feelings.)
Was the horse calm or lively and jumpy? Was he alert or sleepy? Was
the horse big and tall? Did he have smooth glossy skin or was he old
and flabby or bony? Did you feel that the horse had lots of energy
and he could have run very fast? Artists must think of all these
things before they create.
Now we'll look at the pictures and play a sort of
- All of these, except one, are paintings. Which
one is a sculpture? Can you guess what the word sculpture
means? (statue). The photograph of the wooden carved horse - this
magnificent 6 ft. 11in. carved horse once adorned an early 19th
century Hindu gate. notice all the fine work of the horse's
- Can you find the painting with the most action?
(Riders of the Dawn) Do you feel the
excitement and hard work of herding cattle? Can you feel the heat
of the desert? Notice the warm colors and shadows. notice the dust
by the hooves and the clothes of the cowboys (chapps)
- Which other painting looks very real? (George
Stubbs' Mares and Foals.....) Note the
mother horses and colts and the calm English countryside (cool,
calm colors - lights and shadows on the horses helps them to look
- Can you find a similar group of horses?
Chinese Cave painting. Note the extreme age
of this picture and that it was done on the other side of the
Earth from England, in China. Note George Stubbs and Chinese Cave
Painting similarities: a group of calm horses; cool, green calm in
both. Have you ever seen a green horse? Differences: notice the
saddles on the older painting. Horses were important to men from
early times. (Ask why Chinese painting does not look as realistic.
See the flat forms and no background. The horses seem to be
Pick your own favorite Horse.
NOTE: At Kindergarten
level, time and place can only be understood in terms of "all the
way around the world" or "across the ocean" or "long ago" or
"thousands or hundreds of years ago.)
- Hall of Asian Peoples, American Museum
of Natural History, Museum Poster.
- Riders of the Dawn,
1935, Frank Tenney Johnson, American (1874-1939)
Collection. Reproduction Print.
- Mares and Foals in a
Wooded Landscape, 1760-1762,
Stubbs, English ( 1724-1806 ) oil on canvas, Tate Gallery, London,
- A Drove of Horses,
619-907 AD, Chinese Cave Painting, Reproduction print.