art with the simpsons

September 15, 2015

For now we’re exploring art with the television show, The Simpsons. Really, it’s just an excuse to watch one of my favorite shows with the Bug and do fun projects together. What we do:

  • watch an episode and play I-spy art (yay! somebody already compiled a list of art references in the show)
  • read books about the artist whose work was in the episode we watched (Uncle Andy’s by James Warhola, Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Cristin Bjork, and all sorts of other books we’ve picked up from our public library)
  • look at digitized copies of original works by the artist (several larger museums and Google make these accessible for free!) and explore them with close-looking, open-ended inquiry (MoMA has an awesome class about how to do this)
  • do an art project focusing on similar methods/media as the artist  (we’ve used Discovering Great Artists for most of our project ideas)

Artists we have studied include Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and René Magritte. We’ve really been wandering all over the art history map.

I loved all the projects we’ve done with this–so many new experiences and media–especially doing them with her.

  • We went on a field trip to the river with our watercolors and painted our impression of the river

watercolors at the river

  • used the copier and colored pencils to create pet portraits

Lucy cat

  • played exquisite corpse

an exquisite corpse

  • cut and arranged paper to create bright, colorful collages

paper collage

  • made use of my stash of discarded books to make surrealist collages

my big box of discarded books came in handythings got creepy

  • mixed paint to make all kinds of blue to use in our moody paintings

moody blues


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