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Artist connection for "Wacky People"


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 26 2003 - 07:56:46 PDT

Dear ArtsEdNetters,

Tracy's Wacky People has been popular . She will get back to me this
summer on how she taught the lesson....
Here is an artist you can use as inspiration: Fernando Botero:
Fernando Botero was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1932. His paintings are
often social commentaries with political overtones that may seem simply
humorous at first glance. His satirical portraits take on the character of
human still-life. Botero studied fresco technique and art history in
Florence from 1953 to 1955 and this has influenced his painting ever since.
Botero lived in New York from 1960 to 1970 and his primary inspiration was
from the Italian Renaissance. During this period he began experimenting with
creating volume in his paintings by expanding the figures and compressing
the space around them.

There are LOTS of images online showing his figures - filling the space -
with lots of pattern and different costume design/clothing.

(many poster sites have images, too)

This is how I would do the lesson:

Divide paper into five sections using your choice of line (wavy, zigzag or
straight). Vary the spaces between the lines. Draw a figure in each section
to fill the space (The one I saved is very "Botero" like - bottom left -
also top row middle and third row middle). Plan patterns and costume - show
variety - show different emotions. Color with marker. Another option would
be to color with colored pencils and show shading/values - or color with
crayons and show shading/values - volume.

Hope this helps....and have fun with this one! Thanks for putting the idea
online, Tracy.

Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department