Thursday, May 7, 2015

Students Reflect Upon Personal Impact:
 6th Grade Class Visit to the Chicago Art Institute

The first piece I am going to talk about is called, Sky Above Clouds IV, by Georgia O’Keeffe. I learned that in this painting it was taken above the clouds, I thought this was Alaska and the icebergs, but then I realized it was hundreds of clouds. I also learned that the canvas O’Keefe was painting was “humongous” and she was painting in her garage. That must have been one big garage.
The second piece is called Paris Street; Rainy Day, by Gustave Caillebotte. I learned that in this painting there are a lot of steel objects, like the umbrella and the light frame. I also learned that this is a real place in France, and that it looks very similar but yet different to the painting. All in all the painting were beautiful and exquisite.  Edward Hopper made a painting called Nighthawks, that portrays people in a downtown diner late at night. The oil on canvas painting was painted in  the year, 1942. This painting is most famous work he did, and the most recognizable painting in American Art. Nighthawks is capturing the night- time effects of manmade light. The glass windows caused more light to spill out onto the sidewalk. Hopper may have been inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Cafe at night. Also inspired by the diner located on Greenwich Avenue in New York. I love the blend of the colors in it. I love this beautiful and pretty painting that I can stare at whole day.

RIA: Stacks of Wheat, a painting created by Claude Monet shows the view outside his window at the end of summer in 1890. The painting is also called Haystacks. There is hay in the field right after the harvest season. For its thematic use it shows differences in perception of light. It also use of seasons, type of weather, and various times of day. Monet’s home in Giverny, France there was this field near him that he used to inspire the paintings. We did  our own haystack paintings in the art classroom. It is an inspiring and a beautiful painting.

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