do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Art of Diagramming and artist, Agnes Martin

Yesterday, we worked intensely collecting data, creating diagrams and learning how to read/interpret graphs.

After experimenting with collecting data in the classroom and creating our own bar graphs, pie graphs and line graphs, we shared a snack and read the book titled, Making Graphs written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Katya Longhi.

Before the second half of class, I introduced the artist, Agnes Martin and we all looked at images of her work.  Martin was described as a minimalist but referred to herself as an Abstract Expressionalist.  Much of her work consists of grids created in muted color.  Martin believed her work to represent sublime serenity, balance and harmony.  She was quoted to say, "Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings."

We also saw a few images of the artist's notes she made in preparation for creating her grids.  They consisted of many numbers and equations!

I think the children worked so intensely on creating and or reading graphs, they were more excited than ever to paint!  I was surprised that all of the children maintained the theme of grids and pie diagrams when applying their paint.  Even if their paintings look other than, know that there is a representation of a grid or diagram underneath!

I look forward to seeing some of you for the Martin Luther King Day Weekday Workshop on Monday, January 18.

For more classes in January, see this link
For classes in February, visit this link

Some parents have contacted me regarding hosting Weekday Workshops over their children's spring break.  Let me know if you are interested in seeing classes scheduled during the week of March 28 - April 1.

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