• Let's learn about some amazing artists each week:

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    Spotlight 9: Leonardo Da Vinci

    Leonardo Da Vinci video   

    Spotlight 8: Georges Seurat

    Mati and Dada meet Georges Seurat

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    Seurat is well known for developing the painting technique known as Pointillism. Pointillism is a tschnique where the artist lays down the paint on the canvas in small dots of color that form an image.

    Spotlight 7: Edgar Degas

    video:     Art with Mati and Dada: Edgar Degas

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    Edgar Degas is well known for his sculptures and paintings of dancers. His sculptures are made of bronze and his paintings are made of pastels and oil paint.

    SPOTLIGHT 6: Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright is a famous American architect. He is well know for designing and building famous buildings, like the Guggenheim museum in New York City. He had a very unique way of designing his buildings. His influences are still present today!

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    Waterfall house, The Guggenheim Museum (exterior and interior view.)

    SPOTLIGHT 5: The Doodle Boy, Joe Whale

    The Doodle Boy   (video)

    Joe Whale is a young artist from England who loves to doodle. He doodles and draws so well that restaurants have hired him to doodle on their walls! His favorite things to doodle are food, robots and aliens. Watch the video to learn about 10 year old Joe.

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    Victor Nunes takes everyday objects and turns them in to playful illustrations. His illustrations force us to look at the world in a new and unique way.

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    *find an object in your home, be inspired by it and turn it in to something else with your amazing drawing skills!

     SPOTLIGHT 3: Yayoi Kusama

    Yayoi Kusama: Infiniti Mirrors - see a brief video about her work.

    Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infiniti - a book about her life.

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     SPOTLIGHT 2: Jackson Pollock  (He is one of my favorite artists!)

    Jackson Pollock- Art with Mati and Dada - learn about this artist with Mati and Dada while watching this short video.


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    Jackson Pollock is an American painter who is famous for creating an art movement called Abstract Expressionismwhich means that he shows emotions and ideas without painting identifiable forms. He is well known for his technique of pouring or splashing household paint on to his canvas which was usually laying flat on the floor. These works are called Action Paintings. He was able to create his masterpieces by walking around the canvases and dropping or dripping the paint. Some of his pieces are huge!

    Jackson Pollock's work is about the process of painting. He used stir sticks, dried paintbrushes and even turkey basters to drip, drizzle, splash and pour his paint on to the canvas. It was said that Pollock "drew in space" which means that the drawing would happen in the air before falling on to the canvas.

    His work is "a rhythm of poured paint developing across the canvas."

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    SPOTLIGHT 1: Vincent Van Gogh:

    Van Gogh- Art with Mati and Dada - watch this animated video to learn about Vincent Van Gogh. His story is very interesting.

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    Vincent Van Gogh is a very famous artist. He lived from 1853- 1890. Van Gogh is a 19th Century painter from the Netherlands. He did not start to paint until he was in his late 20's. Most of Van Gogh's paintings were done during the last 2 years of his life. His paintings are loved by everyone today, but when Van Gogh was alive, his works were not very well received. No one liked them. 

    His first works were dark and serious but when Van Gogh moved to France and he was introduced to new artists with different  techniques. He changed his approach to painting and began filling his work with brighter colors, texture and emotion. He wanted his paintings to look alive. 

    Van Gogh's distinctive style makes his works easily recognizable. Starry Night is his most famous painting. It has been reproduced many, many times.

    Van Gogh made over 900 paintings while he was alive but very few were sold during his life time.

    Although he did not live to see it, Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters in history. The paintings that no one wanted to buy are now worth millions and hang in galleries all over the world.