Saturday, December 28, 2013

Cezanne Gift Boxes

I hope you all found the perfect recipients for your Cezanne inspired pastel gift boxes!   

Friday, December 27, 2013

Cezanne Extension Activities

Have you ever doubted yourself? Paul Cezanne struggled with many uncertainties throughout his life. He endured the skepticism of his family along with multiple failures. He wasn't a spectacular art student, and he was unsure whether his passion was correctly placed.  Despite these hardships, he persevered in creating the art that he loved using simple geometric forms.

Perseverance is one of the greatest things you could ever learn.

Online activities

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a fantastic resource.  Take a look at Cezanne's Astonishing Apples, and don't miss the story "An Apple a Day" on the very last tab!


Meeting Cezanne  by Michael Morpurgo is a charming book that explores Cezanne's famous Franch landscape.  It also touches on the relationship between Picasso and Cezanne.  It is short but very nicely done.   {affiliate link}


ArtforSmallHands has a very simple tutorial on painting Cezanne inspired still-lifes that my kids really enjoyed. Or give it a try using your pastels and the ideas on PinkAndGreen.


“For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.”
(Isaiah 41:13)

Sadly, Cezanne is known to have said, “life is terrifying.” He used the act of painting to sooth himself, painting while police looked for him for dodging the draft, and even on day that mother died.  He suffered with a dark depression, and kept himself fairly isolated. Everyone feels afraid at some time, but it must be awful to feel that life is terrifying.  

 So, what do you think?  Does his perspective and work fit what you would expect from "The Father of Modern Art?"

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Paul Cezanne

Post-impressionism.  It sounds like a complicated topic to study, but I'm sure that by the end of our lesson this month it will become something that you not only understand, but are captivated by.  

Paul Cezanne
(pronounced Say-ZAHN)

Paul Cezanne is known as the "Father of Modern Art."  
In preparation for class please print the following image and place it in a location where your student will be able to study it over the coming week. (Printable image available here.)

The Basket of Apples
Oil on Canvas
Art Institute of Chicago
Public Domain

This month's project is to design boxes that the children can either choose to keep, or to give away for the holidays.  Each child will need to bring:
  • Scotch 3M clear glue stick - can be shared
  • Scissors - 1 per student
  • Pencil with an Eraser (does not need to be an artist pencil) - 1 per student
  • Several cotton swabs
  • Several paper towels

Don't forget that we have adjusted our calendar a bit because of Christmas, and this month's class is NOT on the 3rd Friday of the Month.  See you on Friday, December 13th, at 6:30!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Chihuly Christmas

The town gazebo is looking a lot more festive thanks to the collaborative sculpture created by the kids of SKETCH.  Nice work!