Recently the girls studied the American artist Edward Hicks in their art class. There were several options for created Hicks inspired works. Hicks’ most famous piece is probably actually more than one piece. He did a number of pieces he titled “Peaceable Kingdom.” In these, there were variations on the theme of all people and animals getting along. So his pieces all have lots of animals with a few people, often children, all getting along in a beautiful setting. The backgrounds, animals used, and people all change from piece to piece.
Miss E’s did a recreation of the Peaceable Kingdom by Hicks. She created her own background and then chose animals to add to it, showing the contrasts with the animals. Note the giraffe and the snake, the wolf and the rabbit. Contrast was common in Hicks’ works. This is done with colored pencil.
Miss J used a set of printed animals. She colored them and we attached magnets to the back. (We just cut up old advertising magnets and taped them on.) Then, using dry erase markers, she created a background and placed her animals. This allowed her to make several different variations on the Peaceable Kingdom. It is fun and she really enjoys playing with magnets.
Miss E also colored a set of the animals and cut them out to rearrange on a background.
I don’t think Miss L ever showed me if she chose to do a Hicks’ inspired piece. Sometimes she does them but doesn’t show me. 🙂