Our current favorite artist is Paul- Émile Borduas! Paul is a Canadian artist from Quebec and he was born on November 1, 1905. Sadly, he died in Paris, France, February 1960 at the age of 55. He plays a significant part in our heritage. When we went to the Art Gallery of Ontario, his 3+3+2 painting really stood out to us due to the use of contrasting colors of black and white. We found that we were able to connect with this painting and thought of an art activity to teach children about space in art! Click here to see the Shape the Space activity with all the steps!
Paul is very well known for his abstract paintings, like 3+3+2 and 3+4+1! and he enjoys painting oil on canvas. His inspiration to his art pieces are really just spontaneous impulses and you can read his quote here. We really like his paintings because it is ambiguous in that it is up to the audience to interpret the meaning of the artwork. We like that there is not a right or wrong answer to how to interpret his artwork because it becomes open ended and it gives us the creativity to think outside of the box.With the 3+3+2 and 3+4+1 paintings, it is ambiguous as you can look at the paintings by the number of black pieces it has or how it is a white canvas with black holes.
The paintings showcase the use of space and texture. Space is categorized as positive and negative which also depends on the size of the canvas. The positive space would be the main focus of the painting and the negative space would be the surroundings. We usually think that the main focus is usually the object we first see. However, we want children to know that depending on how you look at the piece, there can be multiple of main focuses and it is okay to have different perspectives and you can have your own personal definition. The paintings also demonstrate texture, the feeling of the surface quality of the artwork. As we look at Paul’s abstract paintings, both the white and black pieces has a three dimensional and bumpy textures due to the crumbly paper.
♥ Justine ♥
Schirrmacher, R., & Fox, J.E. (2012). Art and creative development for young children (7thEd.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.
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