Art History November 2021 Salvador Dali was born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain. With the support of his mum, Dali left art school and went to Paris and that is where he met the surrealists. What is surrealism? Surrealism is an art movement started by French writer Andre Breton and famous psychoanalyst called Sigmund Freudback in 1920s. What interests the surrealists are simply things like dreams, fantasies, and thought is our minds that we don’t know that we are having! How interesting as it does not have to make sense at all, and you can still make art out of it! Dali liked to use lots of different materials to make art and he was a man of many talents which influences many artists today! October 2021 Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter and theoretician who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He is known for being one of the pioneers of 20th century abstract art which was then reduced to simple geometric elements. When Mondrian made his painting, he would always mix his colours, never using the paint directly from a tube. He often used primary colours- red, yellow and blue. He used the simplest combinations of straight lines, right angles, primary colours, and black, white, and grey. The influence of his paintings can be seen in other things - from furniture to fashion! September 2021 Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. He is a very talented person; he could draw and paint when he was very young. He liked to experiment and try out new ideas, which is important for being an artist, because the world is always changing. Picasso is a painter, sculptor and more who had enormous influence on 20th century art and worked in a variety of styles. He loves peace and uses his art to avoid war. August 2021 Georgia Totto O’Keeffe was an American artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers and landscapes. She was born in November 15 1887 in Wisconsin, America. Georgia was allowed to take private art lessons from a local artist and discovered that she liked painting with watercolours. She emphasized on the importance of composition, and she would say it as “fill a space in a beautiful way”. Her unique and new way of painting nature gained respect in New York’s Art world in the 1920s. July 2021 George Seurat is an artist who is a founder of this interesting art movement called, Pointillism. He was born on December 2nd 1851 in Paris, France and explored the science of optics and colour and eventually found a new way of painting. The idea of this style is simple, but it’s difficult to pull off. In 1884, he began to work on his masterpiece, called Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It was painted entirely with small dots of pure colour. It took him nearly 2 years of non-stop work to finish! Let’s see how our students did! June 2021 People usually draw what they can visualize, but how about the things that neither have form nor shape? On this month’s Art History, our student learnt about this famous abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He was an amazing artist that paints music!He was born into a musical family, even learnt how to play the piano and cello! But colours of nature always excite him. As he grew older, he ventured out and decided to put his 2 favourite things together, music and art! Kandinsky felt that he could express feelings and music through colours and shapes in his paintings. For example, triangle shapes would cause an aggressive feeling, square would cause a calm feeling and circle shape would cause spiritual feelings. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts! April 2021 Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and advertisement illustrator who became a leasing artist of the 1960s Pop art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, film making, and more. Pop artists such as him felt that art should reflect modern life and so they made art inspired by the world around them. His artworks mostly done with bright colours and silk-screening techniques. One of his most screen prints is Campbell’s soup can. This concept only uses contrasting colours to make the colours pop even more! March 2021 We will be starting afresh for this year’s Art History by appreciating famous artists artworks! This month we will be learning about this famous female artist in 20th Century – Frida Kahlo. Who is Frida Kahlo? Well, she was born in 1907 in Mexico and art was always a passion of hers, ever since a little girl. You must be wondering, why is she so well known? Well, both her physical pain and emotional pain features a lot in her artwork because of what she went through. Our students created their very own mini Frida Kahlo! Let see how well they did! February 2021 This month of Art History we learnt all about Egyptian museum. Do you know where is Egypt? Yes, you’re right, it is located in the northeaster corner of Africa! This museum was first opened in 1902 holding the greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian archeological history in the world. It shows the history of Egypt from the Old Kingdom up through the Greco-Roman period. It underwent a renovation and was built and set to open by end of 2020. Our student did an Egyptian mask using poster paint. Let’s see their beautiful artworks! January 2021 The Lourve Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. It is the home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The museum was opened on 10 August 1793 with only 537 paintings. Now, approximately 38,00 objects from the prehistory to the 21st century is exhibited which received 9.6 million visitors in 2019! The department of decorative arts displays the treasures of the French kings-department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiques feature architecture, sculpture and more. The museum also holds a big collection of Islamic Art.