Friday, September 13, 2013

Grant Wood

Welcome back to Sketch! I am so excited to start a new season.
Grant Wood

A few housekeeping details: 

Our church is now entered through the front door of the complex, rather than the side.   For those of you joining us for the first time, directions to the church are located on  our class site 

When you arrive, please have your registration form and payment ready (if they have not already been mailed in). You will turn these in in the front hall where you will also collect your nametags.

Picture Study

Each month I will be sending you an image to study prior to class. This will help your child to become familiar with the artist, and will give them time to really appreciate the different techniques that are used. These can be printed for educational purposes only.  If you are looking for art to decorate your home, please purchase prints.  The artists and museums will appreciate your support.

Please place the assigned image where your child will see it often. Personally, I like to hang prints beside the children's bathroom mirror where they can look at it while brushing their teeth. This may seem a bit irreverent, but really, where else will they have time to simply gaze at a picture several times every single day? Other options include sliding it inside the front cover of the child's favorite school binder, posting it on the refrigerator with magnets, or using it as the screen saver on your computer.

This month's artist

This month we are going to be looking at the work of:

Grant Wood

Grant Wood is most famous for parodies of his painting "American Gothic" of two farmers.  As tempting as it is, please wait to share all of these funny images with your child until after our class.  Mr. Wood is far more talented than the spin-offs lead us to believe.

To prepare for class please place a copy of the image below in a place where your family will see it often.  (click here for a printable image)
Birthplace of Herbert Hoover
Grant Wood
Oil on Masonite
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This month we will be learning about texture as we make stuffed bears to share with children who are sick.  You do not need to bring every item on our supply list.  In order to complete the project each student will need to bring to class:

Parents, please remember that this is not a drop-off group.  Come prepared to enjoy working alongside your child.

See you at 6:30 on Friday, September 20th!