Visual Art

  • The Magic of Portraits: Mrs. Nesbitt as Circe

    Students will learn what a portrait is and explore all the ways a portrait can tell us something about its subject. Then students will make their own portraits.

  • A Whirl of Colors: Seurat’s Woman with a Monkey and the Color Wheel

    Students will learn the definition and relations of primary, secondary and complementary colors using Georges Seurat’s Woman with a Monkey, a study he made in preparation for the well-known A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, located at the Art Institute of Chicago. Through discussion and hands-on activities, they will use Seurat’s techniques to learn new vocabulary in a fun and creative way.

  • Playing with Patterns: Oba’s Crown (adenla) from the Yoruba people of Nigeria

    Students will use Oba’s Crown (adenla) as a basis for understanding the concept of pattern. They will then make their own patterns with paper cut-outs and crayons.

  • Behind the Facade: Abstraction and Lyonel Feininger’s Gables I, Lüneburg

    By examining Lyonel Feininger’s Gables I, Lüneburg, students will come to understand the concept of “abstraction.” Using photographs of real buildings and Feininger’s ideas, they will create their own abstract artworks.

  • The Power of Paint: Diego Rivera and the Role of the Artist in Communities

    Students will examine Diego Rivera’s Self-portrait and Market Scene, using the works as a basis for understanding Rivera’s political ideals and mission to instill historical awareness and pride in indigenous Mexican culture through art. Students will then make self-portraits that illustrate their own cultural background.