I’m not finished!

This month for Art Appreciation, our students looked at examples of artists who use people as the subject matter for their paintings, drawings and sculptures.  They admired works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse, Jan Vermeer, Grant Wood, Thomas Gainsborough, Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo.  

One of Michelangelo’s best known work is his fresco paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.  The children had fun pretending to be Michelangelo.  They drew pictures of people and pretended to have paint (really markers) dripping on their faces as they lay on their backs!  They imagined themselves high up on scaffolding close to the ceiling, finishing their “fresco painting” before the plaster dries.  It took Michelangelo 4 years to complete the Sistine Chapel ceiling.  As a group, we finished our painting during the school session!