Art is ... Grace Hartigan Abstract Expressionism (6 pages)
You will download one packet of 6 jpgs. Open Ended, is usually a student directed process, where they can draw their feelings, emotions, reactions to the art work in the blanks provided. They can choose to copy the designs, outlines the shapes/forms, or even just draw one aspect. Open ended is not assessed and there is no right or wrong. Just encourage active participation in some form.
Grace Hartigan was a well known Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Artist. Some have also said she is a precursor of Pop Art, although she did not like this categorization. She was a friend and follower of de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. When she first began painting, she went by the name "George Hartigan." She later used her real name when she was recognized as a painter.
The students will write everything they see in this painting, in terms of color, shape, texture and emotion.
Students will compare two paintings. Hartigan was influenced by Goya, to name one artist. They are to list the art elements/principles, and images that are the same and different in both paintings.
Joan of Arc
Hartigan's figurative style is evident in this painting. She was influenced by the Renaissance. Students can draw their response to her painting, or perhaps draw a different part of history that they are studying.
Grace Hartigan loved shopping and shopping malls. She also was inspired of merchandise displays in store windows.
Students can try to identify different aspects she painted in Chinatown in the blank space below, by drawing/painting.
Hartigan was also inspired by paper dolls and the bridal fashions on display in store windows. Students can create a visual response to her painting in the blank space below, by drawing/painting or collage. She often cut advertising out of magazines and glued it onto her canvases. She would then paint over the pictures, or around them to enhance their vitality.
A Black and White Coloring page of "Hester and Essex," which is also on the cover of this art lesson. Students can enjoy coloring, as coloring books and comics were some of her favorite inspirations.
Use of any copyrighted art works is used in accordance with Fair Use in education to help students learn Grace Hartigan's style and art work. This is because it is impossible to teach visual art literacy without appropriate examples. It helps students to develop their art vocabulary and well as visual literacy.
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