The Snail (1952-1953)
By the time that Matisse created The Snail, he was 83 years old and confined to his bed. This semi-abstract work, based on the swirl of a snail shell, was made with the help of assistants who painted bits of paper in colours chosen by Matisse which the artist would then arrange.The work is large, nearly three metres square, and showcases Matisse’s brilliance at harmonising disparate colours and shapes so that the blocks of colour appear to float, as though always in motion.
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is curated by Nicholas Cullinan, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Nicholas Serota, Director with Flavia Frigeri, Assistant Curator, Tate and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York by Jodi Hauptman, Curator, Department of Drawings, and Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, with Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator
Tate Modern Gallery
17 April – 7 September 2014
The children created these collages …
Several years ago, Russian graphic designer Ruslan Khasanov was cooking with oil and soy sauce when he stopped to appreciate the strange relationship between the two fluids as the pooled and mixed in unexpected ways. The observation lead to his creation of Pacific Light, a sort of experimental music video meets science project that captures the up-close interactions of ink, oil, and soap. Khasanov just released a follow-up video—now with glitter!—called Odyssey. Music by Ilya Beshevli.
Abstract Acrylic Painting on Black Paper
As an introduction to the unit of work “Pattern and Abstraction” the students created these artworks using a variety of lines, shapes and colour to construct a painting. They drew with white oil pastels on black paper to create the structure of their composition. They coloured with acrylic paint. The children explored and created their own colours, by using using red, blue, yellow, magenta, and white. They also learnt about the opaqueness of the this type of paint.
The students created portraits with coloured textas, focussing on using a variety of line to describe facial features. The students then used paintbrushes and water to activate the texta into a watercolour effect. The pictures were then reworked with additional drawing when dry.
In Term 1, the children learn how Human Movement can be used in artwork. The human form is one of the most interesting and rewarding subjects an artist can draw and yet one of the most difficult. These works were created on iPads using the art app Art Studio. Firstly, the children took photos of themselves or others in an action pose. These photos were imported into the app and a “layer” created over the top of the image. The children drew on this “layer” until they had completed their drawing. The photo is then deleted and their tracing drawing remains. This is work from the first two lessons.
The artist Fernand Léger will be viewed, discussed and used as inspiration, especially his circus and carnival artwork from the 1950’s.