Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fine Art in the Library ~ 6th week

Week 6, the very last session of Fine Art in the Library was very special. We learned about the life of Canadian Maud Lewis (1903-1970), and her colourful folk art.

Throughout her life, in spite of her painful rheumatoid arthritis and poverty, Maud painted vivid works on everything from cardboard to tin to lino with an amazing joy. Almost every surface of her tiny home was covered with her paintings. Her favourite subjects were rural Nova Scotia locations where she lived (both the woods and the ocean), as well as flowers and cats.

The kids produced some amazing paintings on the backs of cereal boxes. We thought that since Maud used any available material to produce her paintings, cereal boxes would be perfect to paint like her.

Everyone used brilliant colours and created masterpieces that would surely thrill Maud.

I posted some Maud Lewis calendars to give the young artists some inspiration to draw from to produce their own works of art.

As you can see the results were great!

It's been a great six weeks with an awesome group of kids.

The Leduc Public Library staff and I have already started discussing the possibility of doing another session of Fine Art in the Library ~ perhaps during the summer ~ stay tuned!


Kim Mailhot said...

What a wonderful final subject to study ! The kids de a terffici job capturing Maud's spirit in their own pieces. I love all those kitties !
Will stay tuned for the next episode.
Congrats on a job well done by all of you !

Anne said...

Hi, Dawn! Love the kitties the kids painted on cereal boxes! How cool! It certainly seems like your program was a success. Hope they have you back! :-)

Holly said...

How cute is the picture of Maud! The work those kids have produced is beautiful! It is fun to hear about your sessions, and see what masterpieces are born out of that time. Thank you for caring about teaching the kids about artists and their styles, and for sharing the results with us!