|a Cubist-style drawing (grade 3)|
When Pablo Picasso and George Braque met in the early 1900's, the world was rapidly changing. With vast changes in transportation, communication and power, Pablo & George found their old world was gone and a new world was emerging: one that seemed faster and smaller. They felt that the art they were making should reflect this new world - that art shouldn't remain how it always was when everything else in the world was changing. They talked about "simultaneous perspective" and began painting subjects that overlapped and appeared on one picture plane from multiple points of view. This style of art came to be known as Cubism and a brand new way of looking at and recording the world was born.
LSS students are studying Cubism ... & they are exploring their own "Ism". I ask them to partner up with a friend and brainstorm a list describing our world today. From that list they mine out words that sum up this fast-changing world we live in today. This is the basic building block for their new style of art - one that exemplifies and illustrates life in 2018.
These "Ism"s are eye-opening and fun. Some this year include: Technologism, Lovism, Balancism, Naturism, Confusionism, Resourcism, Sportsism, Scarism, Peacism, Busyism, Pollutism, Changism, Connectism, Depressism, Foodism, Colorism.
Ask your grade 5 student if s/he is working on an "Ism" in art. Ask them why they chose what they chose. The conversation will fascinate you!