So I may be a day late and a dollar short, but here is the post that was supposed to go up yesterday! Chris and I were playing around in Photoshop to get the final image I imagined in my head, so it took a little longer than expected. But it was worth the wait, because we are both so happy with the end result! We were so inspired by our artist, and came up with many more ideas- there just wasn't enough time to do them all, SO do not be surprised when we visit this artist again!
This weeks inspiration is artist Rene Magritte. He is considered to be a surrealist artist and one of my favorites. Surrealism is my favorite art movement because it plays with the mind, making your eyes transcend between reality and a dream, challenging any preconceived perceptions. Our artist, Rene Magritte- was a master at playing 'tricks' on your eyes/mind, causing you to look more closely at what your actually seeing.
Rene Magritte was a Belgian artist, best know for being a leader in surrealism. BUT he was also very influential in the transformation into the pop art movement. As he often would use ordinary objects + figures that he would re-arrange, and multiply in strange ways to cause his viewer to take a deeper look at his work. A lot of Magritte's work was similar, in the sense that they depicted similar scenes and had reoccurring themes. I once read that he would sit down and paint a new painting every day! If you are a painter, you know how AMAZING that is. His style of painting is not easy to do, by any means!
Above is a silly photograph of our serious artist and below are a couple of his other paintings that I really love.
I love his rich use of color and the playful- yet very serious, thought provoking content of his art work. You can't help but let your mind wander while viewing his art work, searching for understanding/meaning in what you are seeing. OR just trying to figure out what the heck he was thinking about when he was creating the work.
Every year I do a lesson with my students about Rene Magritte. He is an iconic artist, that I still very relevant in todays world. If you really think about it, you have probably seen some type of appropriation of his work before.Here is where artist Jeff Koons teamed up with Harper Bazaar to create some Rene Magritte inspired work. Below is the book that I read to my kids to introduce Rene Magritte to the kids. This is one of the coolest chrilderns books I've read. Its great for teaching the kids about Magritte + surrealism because it also has clear pages that plays 'tricks' on your eyes, and allows Magrittes hat to hop around from page to page.
OH and I used watercolor paints to create the sky background and then scanned it into Photoshop for Chris to help me create the photo college. Like I said, were both super inspired + happy about our end results and will probably be revisiting Rene Magritte again! BUT let us know what you think- about him, his work + our take on Rene Magritte!
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