…what do all this three words have in common, can you guess? Maybe I can give you a hint, it has to do with a famous artist. Got it?! YES, this months artist is Marc Chagall. He was a russian artist that experienced the “golden art age” in Paris with other contemporary artists in the beginning of the 20th century.
At schools we did a variety of cool projects; a fiddler painting, a circus inspired polymer clay artwork, some cool elephant drawings and a glass window works.
1- Fiddler: that was a difficult one, we struggled at the start, as Kids didn’t get excited enough about someone playing the violin, so I had to make up a story involving a violinist. For the story I used a fantastic source by Mirjam Rajner at Academia.edu., it give me lots of information and good hints.
2- Circus inspired Marc Chagall through out his life. When he was a child he had been fascinated by the traveling acrobats he saw wandering around his hometown village, and once in Paris he used to watch circus performances. Most of Chagall paintings are simply magical, almost like dream-like compositions with floating elements with a childish artistic style. Perfect to rouse kids imagination!
3- Drawing, is always a much more detailed process then painting. I like to do the analogy with science, you learn lots of techniques and mostly real object drawings at the beginning. But it doesn’t has to be…specially kids need to be moved to get interested and start doing. Circus animals are fun, they act like humans under animal body. Dogs walking on two legs, tamed lion and elephants dancing on balls this are a few ideas that inspiring my kiddies. Although, I am totally against animals in circus. If I had to go for one, than I would only choose Cirque du Soleil, a circus that presents a contemporary style with no need to use animals in their performances.
My favourite circus drawings:
4- Kids never heard before glass painting, maybe because it is a concept closely related to religious sites; Marc Chagall was also famous for his stained glass works, he designed windows for well-known churches, Assy church and later on the Metz Cathedral. He was a great master in stained glass painting, you can see more here.