Friday, October 11, 2013

Expressing ourselves through Expressionist Art!

"No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love."-Edvard Munch

An Abstract Expression by votw
(Sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row your Boat!)
Paint, paint, paint a picture
Red, black, orange, green
Edvard Munch 
Norwegian artist
Painter of "The Scream" Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Kindergartners were able to be the oldest kids in the room again when they visited the U of M Child Care Center last week.  They participated in a conversaton about feelings and the various ways people express themselves based on the way they feel.  We  listened attentively to the young life of Norwegian "Expressionist" Artist Edvard Munch (Moonk) and how several sad events in his life impacted his choice of subject-matter and the way he created his artwork.  We talked about  Munch's   "Scream" painting in particular, and how the colors, composition,  and "ghostly" main figure in the foreground  made us "feel" and created a mood.   We also discussed what we thought that figure was actually doing.  Was the main figure holding his ears and screaming or was he listening to the cries of others and feeling their pain?  Some accounts record that the latter scenario was more likely.
Preschoolers and Kindergartners were observant of many details in the etched version of  "The Scream" that are not readily apparent in the color version.  They pointed out the figures on the bridge, boats, houses, a horizon line, and straight and "continuous" lines.    All of the children were then equipped with lots of ideas and transferred that energy into creating very passionate paintings of their own.  Afterward, we expressed our feelings further by feverishly rolling pumpkins down a very large hill.  With mixed "feelings," we waved goodbye to our new partners in artistic expression and plan to visit the Preschoolers again sometime to discuss more art.

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