Monday, March 24, 2008

Oceans Art Show

"Study of Pictures.––The art training of children should proceed on two lines. The six-year-old child should begin both to express himself and to appreciate, and his appreciation should be well in advance of his power to express what he sees or imagines.
Step II.––Give them the picture... to look at, and ask them to find out all they can about it themselves, and to think what idea the artist had in his mind, and what idea or ideas he meant his picture to convey to us."
Charlotte Mason Volume 1 Pages 207-8
Here is another art show for your viewing pleasure. This art show's theme is: the ocean. There are lots of different styles of paintings in this art show. I think you will have fun viewing them with your children. I am super busy putting together my spring kit, so I wasn't able to put together notebooking pages like I did for my clouds art show. You can check out this page, however for some ideas of questions to help you take a deeper look at the paintings.
Or, here are some suggestions of questions and activities I came up with:
  • Examine how each artist painted the sea differently.
  • Look for cool or warm colors.
  • Tally how many paintings depict calm seas and which are stormy.
  • Tally how many paintings have boats in them.
  • Decide on the "mood" of each painting- how does each painting make you feel- cold, warm, restless, calm, etc?
  • Use the canvas measurements provided to see just how big or small a painting is.
  • Decide which painting is the most realistic and which is the least realistic.
  • How would you feel if you were in a boat on each ocean?
  • Which painting have I included that isn't really a painting of the ocean? (Hint: Look at the titles.)
  • If you find a painting you like, take a minute to look at some other paintings by that artist. (Artchive is where I found these paintings.)
  • You could make your own version of your favorite ocean painting.
  • Vote for your favorite in my poll in my sidebar. (I made it so you can vote more than once, so please have your children vote for their favorite too! One vote per person please!)

You can also click the paintings to make them larger.

Richter, Gerhard- Seascape (Cloudy)
1969Oil on canvas6' 6 3/4" x 6' 6 3/4"
Private collection, Berlin

Seurat, Georges The Channel at Gravelines, in the direction of the Sea

1890 Oil on canvas 28 3/4 x 36 3/4 in.

Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo

Hokusai, Katsushika- The Great Wave Off KanagawaFrom "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji"
1823-29 Color woodcut 10 x 15 in.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Kensett, John Frederick- Sunset on the Sea

1872Oil on canvas28 x 41 1/8 in

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Lismer, Arthur- Mine Sweepers at Sea

1917 Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Monet, Claude- Garden at Sainte-Adresse

1867 Oil on canvas 38 5/8 x 51 1/8 in.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Nolde, Emil- Autumn Sea VII

1910Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm

Nolde-Stiftung Seebull

Courbet, Gustave-The Stormy Sea (or The Wave)
1869 Oil on canvas3' 10" x 5' 3 1/2"
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Hopper, Edward-Rooms by the Sea

1951 Oil on canvas 29 x 40 inches

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Friedrich, Caspar David-Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog

c. 1818 Oil on canvas 94.8 x 74.8 cm

Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Goodman, Sidney- The Elements - Water

1983-84 Oil on canvas 96 x 76 in

Collection Mr and Mrs John J Turchi, Jr

Hartley, Marsden- New England Sea View - Fish House

1934 Oil on board 18 x 24

inPrivate collection

Avery, Milton- Black Sea
1959 Oil on canvas 50 x 58 in.
The Phillips Collection, Washington

Avery, Milton- Bridge to the Sea

1944 Oil on canvas 32 x 48 in.

Collection of Mrs. Sylvia G. Zell, Long Boat Key, Florida

Avery, Milton- Sea Grasses and Blue Sea

1958Oil on canvas60 1/8 x 72 3/8 in.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Beckmann, Max- North Sea I, with Thunderstorm

1937 Oil on canvas 21 3/4 x 27 1/4 in

Collection Dr and Mrs Stephen Lackner, Santa Barbara

Rousseau, Henri- The Boat in the Storm

after 1896 Oil on canvas 54 x 65 cm

Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris

Redon, Odilon- Red Boat with Blue Sail

1906-07 Oil on canvas 54 x 73 cm

Private collection

Be sure to vote in the poll on my sidebar for your favorite!


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...


You just had to include my favorite all time painting....Wanderer Above Sea and Fog. I *love* that painting. Just something about it makes me feel so inspired.

I must say that I like the Roussseau also. I like the rain and the way the waves are tossing the boat like a little toy boat.

Great collection of paintings.

Mom-Harmony Art Mom

Tina said...

Oh these are so pretty. I sure wish you had notebooking pages to go along with it. **hint-hint** Maybe when your schedule/time slows down a bit, you can add notebooking pages to this study and the winter one. I would love to purchase them. :o)

Thanks so much for the link to the list of questions. This will help a lot.

We are enjoying the cloud study and did the project with the Van Gogh painting. It was a lot of fun. Head on over to our blog if you would like to see our projects. :o)


LisaWA said...

This looks great! The only picture I could recognize was the Monet..... Thanks for the link and the questions. These will come in handy.

This will be a nice addition to the cloud study! *Ü*

I see your mom taught you well, or has surely inspired you. You are both good at challenges, not being a challenge as hard, but to inspire!

Thank you, Lisa

B.A.M. said...

This post is awesome =o) I love all the pics..........there are some truly BEAUTIFUL ones!! I will be sharing these with my ds and nephews on our upcoming beach vacation and I think we'll try some painting of our own!! Thnaks for sharing all this with us!!!