Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
In Southern France after the Second World War, Picasso worked with artisans at a ceramics factory. Picasso instructed workers how to shape, form and paint creative pieces. The pieces were considered "factory art" and sold as souvenirs. Today these ceramic pieces are valued as 'Picasso art' because of the direct influence and involvement of the artist with the factory workers. These ceramics are now called "Edition Ceramics" instead of souvenirs. Some pieces of the Edition Ceramics are valued from two thousand, to over a hundred thousand dollars.
In art we all were like factory workers creating pinch pots with direct instruction. We made a pinch pot or bowl with designs.
We discussed and illustrated the process and journey the clay would travel in the next three weeks.
The clay will go from being formed, drying, fired in the kiln, glazed and fired in the kiln again.
Because our studies this quarter will focus on Picasso and his friends, we started making a book to contain the facts we believe are the most interesting facts about Picasso we'd like to remember and share once class is over.
Article about Picasso's factory ceramics.
Did you know the newly renovated National Gallery of Art has a room dedicated to Calder? It's on the third floor and right next to the blue rooster. You have seen the blue rooster right? It's a must for 2017 if you haven't yet made the journey.
Link to the awesome Calder mobile at the National Gallery of Art
you will not be able to miss this 920 pound sculpture as you enter the East Wing.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.