Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ellsworth Kelly Collage Project

On December 27, 2015, Ellsworth Kelly passed away and the world lost a great artist.  As a tribute to his memory, the fourth graders looked at his paintings and found inspiration.  They took their inspirations and created a collage work in the style of Ellsworth Kelly.  Of course, some chose to 100% copy, but copying is the highest form of flattery. 
Share Ellsworth Kelly History
Born in Newburgh in New York's Hudson Valley in 1923, Kelly grew up in New Jersey and enrolled in art school in New York City in 1941. 
He left school during World War II, when he painted camouflage patterns on fake tanks and other military objects produced by a special Army unit to deceive the Germans. Among his comrades was Bill Blass, the future fashion designer.
Kelly moved to Paris after the war to study art. He returned to New York in the mid-1950s to begin creating the boldly colored geometric paintings that were exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, as well as in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.
He became one of America's leading abstract artists, his work emphasized the simplicity of form associated with minimalism, hard-edge painting, color field and pop art.  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3376893)
Give kids a handout so they can observe and ponder Kelly's Art
Give kids construction paper, scissors, and glue. 
Nice job, fourth grade!

Through a little investigating, I found out that Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was a fan of Ellsworth Kelly.  On Instagram, Paltrow wrote "#ellsworthkelly leaves us today having impacted the way we see the world. Rest in peace dear Ellsworth".
Remember Gwyneth Paltrow was married to Chris Martin.  Chris Martin is lead singer for the band Coldplay.   So, you know what's coming.
Coldplay singing "Yellow".  Yellow, a color used by Ellsworth Kelly.


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