Visual Arts teacher Jana DeSimone shares her lesson ideas and the art of her students. This blog is a place for students and adults to see the vast array of art that we are learning about and
creating in 7th
and 8th Grade Visual Arts at Aldrich Junior High School.
Expressionism is an art movement that is all about showing deep feelings and emotions. For this assignment I challenged students to be more reflective about choosing subject matter; they should be connected to it on a personal level. We had some great discussions about many social, political and global concerns in today's world. We looked at the art of German Expressionists Kathe Kollwitz and Edward Munch and it wasn't long before students were able to recognize the charged and thought-provoking themes in the work.
"The Scream" by Edward Munch
I also showed them the work of a contemporary expressionist painter named Joseph Minton. His work uses a range of colors that are similar to the colors of the cake tempera paints we would use. I think it is important to show work from contemporary artists, not just artists who are famous or deceased. The students enjoyed reading Minton's statements about the themes, inspirations and process of making his paintings.
A work by contemporary expressionist artist Joseph Minton
It was important for the students to make personal choices about their subject matter since the ultimate goal of the assignment would be to show "raw emotion" in their image. The students took this assignment seriously, and their responses are layered, detailed and personal. Because of this, I will not be listing each student's name in the captions. Instead, I will give a brief summary about the work as explained by the student artist who created it. Check back soon to see their paintings!