I haven't taken an art history course in 20 years and every new year I read a
couple of books on art history, and I'm renewed. I get so many lessons from
each book that I read. I read a rather dry book this summer, by Aldo
Pelligrino on "New Tendencies In Art". I was always confused about modern
abstract art during the 1960's because my art history books only covered
Impressionism and Ash Can
Art. Pop Art and Op art is easy to understand but what's with Hard Edge Art,
Constructivism, how do you teach Combine Art such as Raushenberg?
Seek out the really modern literature on art history, make overhead
transparencies and go from there. The kids this week for first day are going
to look at Al Held's picture of Hard Edge Art entitled "Blue Moon Greets Green
Sailor" and create an abstract picture with a poetic title. We're going to
talk about non-objective art and the need for technical precision.
For the unit I'm covering Hard Edge Art, Pop Art, Op Art, and Action
Painting. Then a stinct with clay with Pop art and then going back to why
American artists went against the formal Cubists of Picasso's art.
Hope this helps.