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I bought two books in the Bargain book section at Barnes and Noble today,
"Mutts of the Masters" and "Cats of the Masters" by Michael Patrick for $6.00
each. Each has 30 pictures and 30 brief descriptions of famous artwork by
famous artists with a dog or a cat in them. What great parodies to interest
kids in art history! It's a small book, about 6" x 6", but I'll put it into
an opaque projector. They love the opaque projection on the screen, (they
love to see and critique their own work on the screen.)
I just did a lesson with the 7th grade about Marcel Duchamp's Dadaism in the
Scholastic Arts magazine and Roy Lichtenstein's Parodies in another issue of
Scholastic Arts. The kids were sooooo interested, we referenced Dennis
Rodman. Then they choose a masterpiece, such as the Mona Lisa, and make it
Duchamp style or Lichtenstein style with markers. I drew 3 line drawings and
then made overhead transparencies of Mona Lisa, American Gothic and The
Thinker to project on the overhead projector, so they can draw their own
Now I can introduce more masters, they all love dogs or cats, and get them
really into it. I was going to start searching for parodies everywhere, but
this is all I need.
And for the last week of school, this should keep them interested.
Sue from Cicero, IL