A couple of weeks ago at Cookies and Coloring, the girls studied Edvard Munch. Munch was a Norwegian artist who lived between about 1860 and 1940. He experienced many changes in his lifetime and was highly influenced by both the Symbolism movement and the Expressionism art movement. His works reflect both.
The piece of artwork that they studied is titled The Scream. Munch made several versions of it and the story of his inspiration for the coloration of the background is interesting. Especially if you know about the volcano at Krakatoa. Scientists believe, based on what Munch wrote about the inspiration, that he very possibly saw the atmosphere changes rendered when the volcano at Krakatoa, Indonesia, erupted.
Have you ever read The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois? If not, you should. Especially after looking at this image. This book is set on this island volcano and is a very interesting, imagined life there, away from the influences of the world.
Anyway, back to the artwork. Miss E, our middle school student, really takes these art classes to heart and works diligently at the recommended project inspired by the artist. This assignment was to create your own “scream” picture with colored pencils. It was to be something that makes you scream. So, here is her image. Mostly. It was already in her notebook so the left edge is slightly cut off.
And outside the gallery this time, the staff had created a picture place where the students could have their pictures taken IN the picture The Scream by Munch (as rendered by the staff). The girls had fun with it.
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