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Artfully Fun Quarantine: Ms. Yontz's Art History Pick #1 - Rene Magritte

Hey everyone! Today's Artfully Fun Quarantine is all about Art History! Studying past and present artists can help you to begin to form your own identity and style as an artist. Just like with any form of history, knowing where we've been as a human race helps shape us into who we are today. So, seeing what other artists have done to make art what it is today, can be particularly beneficial.


Now, my list of influential past artists is going to be purely my pick, because well, this is my blog. So keep in mind, there are many more artists than who I will be showing on here. Just because I don't include a particular artist as my pick, doesn't mean they are not influential. This is just in hopes to get you started on the art history track of research and seeing other artist's work. My hope is that you'll begin to look at artists on your own and begin to find some who are influential to you!


This will just be part 1 of Ms. Yontz's Art History Pick. Each time in this series I will choose one artist to share. Also, this is primarily geared toward my students, but everyone else following the blog, please don't feel like it's not for you either! I will always include a video for my younger viewers in grades k-3 and another video more suitable for my grades 4+ and beyond grade school.


So let's get started!


Ms. Yontz's Art History Pick #1: Rene Magritte

All images from https://www.renemagritte.org/


Rene Magritte is one of my all-time favorite artists. I looked at his work very often in high school and college when studying art. Magritte was a Surrealist painter.


Surrealist art was part of a movement of Surrealism. In Surrealist art, the goal was to combine the world of the conscious (or reality) with the subconscious (or dream or fantasy).


This form of visual storytelling is really powerful to me. We see it frequently in films that are fictional, yet speak powerful truths. It's that beautiful combination of fantasy with reality.


I could go on forever, but I won't. Let's get to Magritte!

(If you'd like to learn more about the Surrealist Art Movement, here is a great video resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YE_Zas-A5A)


Learn about Magritte here (recommended for grades K-3):

Or, for my grades 4+ and even adults, learn about Magritte here:


Thanks for viewing! Have some thoughts on what you learned about Rene Magritte? Or want to share what you already knew about Magritte? Share those thoughts below in the comments. I'd love to hear from you!


Students:

Like to receive a Whittier Wolves Paw? Pick at least one of these two questions to answer:

1)What was one thing you found interesting about Rene Magritte's artwork?

2)How does Rene Magritte's artwork make you feel?


Share your answer in the comments below.


Or:

Create a drawing based on the style of Rene Magritte. You can use any materials you'd like. Even things around your house to create 3D art. Take a picture of your drawn or found object art and post it in the comments below.

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