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!