Thursday, March 27, 2014

Miro Stickers for Emergency Vet Office

It is always sad when a pet gets hurt.  I'm sure that the children who have to spend time waiting at the emergency vetrinarian office will appreciate having your stickers to distract them.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Joan Miro Extension Activities

Joan Miro's life and art really do seem to be in contrast to one another, don't they?

Online activities:




As we discussed in class, Miro’s Catholic faith was important to him, and drove him to be very concerned about the common people around him.  In his words he saw the role of the artist  “to be someone, who amidst the silence of others, uses his voice to say something and who has the obligation that this thing not be useless but something that is of service to mankind.”  

One of his favorite symbols to use in his work was the ladder.  It represented not a means of escape, but a means of reaching something greater.   Consider this in light of Isaiah 58:10 which says 
"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday."

So what does that mean?  In short, God promises to reward  those who offer help and compassion to the poor and needy around about them.  

To be clear, Christianity isn't all about behaving perfectly (anyone who says that is possible is a hypocrite).  We all sin, and that grieves our savior, but he has offered us forgiveness.  Our only obligation is to believe.  Out of that belief we then show mercy and love to others as an act of love for God.  We need to humbly serve those around us.  No pious belief can justify treating others poorly.  Instead, our faith should push us toward sincere good works motivated by right motives.   Out of that mercy and kindness God will provide us with comfort. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Joan Miro

Everyone is creative.  We all dream and wish and hope.  Some of us are great at tapping into that part of our mind to create works of art, while others struggle a bit more to discover their own creativity.  In the 20th-century there was an intentional movement to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind.  We call this movement surrealism, and one of the most acclaimed artists was  Joan Miro.

Joan Miro
zhuan Mee-roe (click here for pronunciation help)
1893 - 1983

In preparation for class please place the image below where it can be viewed often.  For a printable image click here.

Beautiful Bird Revealing
Joan Miro
Museum of Modern Art, New York
We are going to be creating our own surrealistic images to help animals.  In order to complete this month's project each chid will need:

See you on Friday, March 21st at 6:30!