The movement began in the mid-1920s in France and was born out of an earlier movement called Dadaism from Switzerland. It reached its peak in the 1930s.
-Realistic -Imagery -Tesselation
-Space -Positive Space
-Negative Space -Painting
René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality.
was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically-inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. Despite wide popular interest, Escher was for long somewhat neglected in the art world, even in his native Netherlands. He was 70 before a retrospective exhibition was held. In the twenty-first century, he became more widely appreciated, with exhibitions across the world.
Visual Arts Standards,
Projects, & Procedures
Enduring Understanding: Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.
Essential Question: Why do artists follow or break from established traditions?
Surrealist Eye's Inspired by Rene Magritte's "The False Mirror"
Imaginative Tesselations inspired by the work of M. C. Escher
I Can: Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity
( VA:Cr1.2.2a & VA:Cr1.2.3a)
2nd and 3rd grade students at Lancashire will build a deeper understanding of the roll math plays in the work of M. C. Escher and will create their own tessellation work of art! Students will have the opportunity to build their own tessellation or use an assistive tessellation building kit to help them sketch their tessellation pattern on an extra large piece of paper. After the building and designing process students will then have the opportunity to explore and experiment with permanent markers and watercolor colored pencils and markers. This lesson will tie in perfectly with a 3rd grade math unit they will have later on this year on tessellations in their homerooms!
Positive and negative space imagery inspired by the work of M. C. Escher and the book "It Looked Like Spilt Milk".
The understanding of positive and negative space is a tough one for kindergarten and 1st graders to grasp but once the information is acquired it has a huge impact on your students work moving forward. I'm thrilled to share two of my favorite books with our youngest artists at Lancashire! Round Trip by Ann Jonas is a book that is first read forward and then the book is turned upside down and read backwards. Each page has a secret hidden image hidden in it's negative space!
After reading and reflecting on our featured reading and featured artist students will create their own positive and negative space works of art! During this creative process we will focus on improving our cutting, gluing, and painting skills! After completing our work students will begin their first artist statements!
( VA:Cr1.2.Ka & VA:Cr1.2.1a)
Melted Clocks made out of melted records inspired by the work of Salvadore Dali