• Learning to Look: 2019-2020

    Fox Meadow Curriculum Overview

    Modern Art


    Class 1: Introduction to Modern Art

    • Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, painted in 1907, by Pablo Picasso 
    • Dance (First Version), painted in 1910, by Henri Matisse 

     Project Options

    • Cubist Collage. Cut up various body parts from magazines and bring them to class. Let the children sort through these and glue them onto paper to create their own ‘cubist’ rendering of a person. Supplies: Volunteers to cut out body parts from magazines (about 10-12 items per child) located in an envelope in the Learning to Look closet, paper and glue-sticks.
    • Geometric Figure Study. Use the shape stickers from the Learning to Look supply closet, and have each student create figures and a scene using the geometric shapes. Feel free to have them supplement the artwork with colored pencil and crayons. Supplies: Geometric shape stickers and paper from the Learning to Look closet.

     Class 2: Surrealism

    • The Persistence of Memory, painted in 1931, by Salvador Dali 
    • The False Mirror, painted in 1928, by Rene Magritte
    • The Hunter, painted in 1924, by Joan Miro 

    Project Options

    • Draw a Portrait. Have the children draw a ‘portrait’ (or even a ‘self-portrait’) by drawing various symbols of that person on a piece of paper. For example, a drawing of their friend could include a soccer ball, a piano, a lacrosse stick, and a blue house, or any other items that are significant parts of the person's life. Supplies: Paper and drawing materials.
    • Draw a Dream Scene. Have the students create a scene from one of their dreams or from their imagination. They can include a far-away place that they have never seen. Supplies: Colored pencils and other drawing supplies.


    Class 3: Abstract Art - Discovering New Methods of Painting

    • Broadway Boogie Woogie, painted in 1942-1943, by Piet Mondrian
    • One: Number 31, 1950, painted in 1950, by Jackson Pollack 
    • Tutti Frutti, painted in 1966, by Helen Frankenthaler 

    Project Options

    • Make a Mondrian. Cut up in advance red, blue and yellow paper rectangles of varying sizes. Have the children use the materials to create their own Mondrian-like collages. Supplies: White paper, pre-cut construction paper, glue-sticks.
    • Make a Drip Painting. Lay plastic garbage bags or brown painters paper on the hallway floor for the children to work on. Mix tempera paint with water (2 tablespoons paint to 1 teaspoon water), mix until it is ‘just dripable’ and put into plastic cups for the kids to use. Each child will receive one cup with one color of paint. Use 4 different colors of paint so that for every group of 4 students, each student will receive a different color of paint. Cut each piece of poster board in half. Lay out poster board halves on plastic, one-half piece of poster board for every 4 students. PROJECT: Divide the class into groups of 4 children and direct each group to their own piece of poster board. Give students in each group a cup with a different color of paint and a popsicle stick and/or plastic spoon for dripping the paint. Have the kids spend about 5 - 10 minutes dripping paint as a group onto their poster board. Take photos of the kids working. Leave the artworks to dry. They can be cut later into pieces for the project books. Supplies: Poster board, tempera paint, popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, and plastic garbage bags/painters paper (located in the Learning to Look closet). Bring a camera to take photos.
      Note: Secure Teacher’s permission ahead of time to use the hallway for this project.


    Class 4: Modern Sculpture

    • Hats Off, created by Alexander Calder, in 1971
    • Reclining Figure, created by Henry Moore, in 1956

    Project Options

    • Create wire sculptures inspired by Calder’s sculptures, using pipe cleaners. Try to make an animal using the attached link as a guide. Or you can encourage the kids to make an abstract sculpture, also using pipe cleaners. Supplies: Pipe cleaners from the Learning to Look Closet.  Link: https://www.guidepatterns.com/tutorials-for-making-pipe-cleaner-animals.php
    • Clay Sculptures. Have each student use playdoh or model magic to create a sculpture of members of their family. You can demonstrate how to make the head and torso out of simple circles, and how to roll bits of clay between your palms, tomake the arms and legs. Have them find a way to link the different figures together. Supplies: Model Magic from theLearning to Look closet. Please be mindful of the amount of model magic used per student.


    Please refer to the Curriculum and Handbook documents below.

    Curriculum Overview 2019-2020     LTL Teacher's Handbook Modern Art 2019-2020