The kindergarten children have recently been studying about the artist Paul Cezanne. He was born in 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, which is located in the south of France. He was very interested in becoming an artist, but his father very much wanted him to become a lawyer. His father, however, had a lot of money and gave some to Paul to go to Paris and become a painter. Paul wanted to try different ways of painting. He enjoyed patterns of color and shape. Paul spent the last 28 years of his life in isolation painting. Some of his later works included still life paintings, figures, and landscapes. He used the colors yellow, orange, red, green, and blue to add brightness to his work.
For our first art project, the children practiced using watercolors to complete a still life painting. A green plate with an orange, banana, apple, and grapes was placed on a table where the children could see it. They then observed the plate of fruit and painted what they saw, trying to replicate as many details as they could. It was interesting to see what each child observed such as the size and shape of the fruit. Some children that were close up painted it larger than those who were further away. Some were quick to complete the painting, while others took a great deal of time.
Our second art project involved a painting by Paul Cezanne titled The Blue Vase. It was painted between 1883 and 1887 when he was in his late 40′s. It was a still life of a blue vase with flowers inside of it. A few oranges are placed to the side of the vase and a plate behind it as well. In order to look deeper into the meaning of this painting, the children were asked questions, such as what room in the house did they think this painting was done (Many children’s response was the kitchen.). They were asked where they thought Paul got the flowers (Some thought he grew them in a garden in his yard since he lived in isolation.) We also talked about the colors used, the placement of items in the front, middle, and back of the painting, and what they thought was the most important object in the painting (to which many responded the blue vase). The children cut out their own blue vase and flowers and added details to the picture that made it similar to Paul Cezanne’s.This entry was posted in Toledo Kindergarten. Bookmark the permalink.