Friday, February 17, 2012

Tool #6 - Impressionism

In our upcoming lesson/project in Art I, the students will be exploring the history and technique used by the late 19th Century group of artists known as the Impressionists.  Take a moment to read a brief history on the movement via the internet, and think of some ways that this story relates to some 20th & 21st century artists...?

Impressionism – The Beginning of Modern Art
In the late 1800’s, a group of Paris-based artists decided to hold their own exhibitions after being rejected by the art establishment.  These visionaries, known as the Impressionists, represented their views in an unconventional manner.  They violated the rules of academic painting, constructing pictures from freely-colored brush strokes that took precedence over lines and contour.  Realistic scenes of modern life, often painted outdoors, were painted by capturing the momentary effect of transient light.  The concept of documenting light changes on subject matter was pivotal in making them some of the first true modern artists.  Instead of using the customary smooth blending and shading, Impressionist work showed short “broken” brushstrokes of mixed and pure unmixed colors.  Since the their first “outcast” exhibit to being admired around the world today, the Impressionist artists were a fine example of thinking outside the box.

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