Picasso's "Main aux Fleurs" was created as a Valentine's gift for his
girlfriend of the time. The work is conspicuously dated "2/14/54"?
I have loved using that as a discussion focus before making our Valentine
One idea using that print is to make a tear-paper reproduction cutting the
hands out of white paper traced with black, and crayon stems. Or, make
finger-print petals on crayon stems with a paint center. Or any arrangement
of flowers (look at a few!)
I feel that art can certainly use a seasonal base for themes without being
turned entirely into "Happy Hands and Holidays" if a little thought is used.
Halloween is the ideal time to study the color orange (or black). (Or
Edvard Munch, or fear, or masks, or G. O'Keefe's bones, or ....)
>Dear Peggy and all,
>I've been having the same thoughts, and have a few very sketchy ideas. I
>will share them, but they obviously are in dire need of development and
>perhaps there are folks on the ArtsEdNet list who can/will help.
>Keep in mind I do understand the resentment which has been expressed by
>some on this list about doing 'holiday crafts' stuff in art class. However,
>it seems to me that since the kids seem to really enjoy many holiday
>oriented projects, why not try to incorporate our art content into them?
>For example, in the 3rd grade we do the proverbial pumpkins in the fall.
>The difference is we use primary colored paint to make paintings of a still
>life which includes orange pumpkins, violet leaves and green goards.
>Here are some ideas in need of development:
>1. Make drawings or prints based on Jim Dine's prints of hearts.
>2. Learn about patterns by block printing hearts. The blocks can be made
>from cut potato or cut eraser blocks or cut and glued styro meat trays.
>3. Paint the heart in green, stare at them then switch gaze to white to see
>the red. An art reference for this could be the green, black and orange
>flag of Jasper Johns.
>I look forward to reactions and other ideas about valentines!
>1-8 art on the cart
>Lee H. Kellogg School
>Falls Village, CT 06031
>>Looking for innovative, creative and (has to be!) fun valentines unit/lesson
>>for Kindergarten-1st grade multiage class of 30. Time restraint: 40 min.
>>Hoping for help before 2/6/97. Thanks!!!