Additional Links for November 2016
THE VALUES OF OUR FLAG (page 14)
The Value Guesstimator
PAST/PRESENT PRINTMAKING MASHUP (page 16)
View more work by design company, Team Manila: http://www.teammanila.com
View examples of traditional Yakan textile design:
A&A Art Print: TOM THOMSON, “AUTUMN FOLIAGE” (page 23-26)
Close up and Far Away
Compare these works created by Thomson in 1915. How do they demonstrate the ways he worked out his design concepts? Think about the artist’s use of color, contrast and his depiction of distances in his landscape.
1) This site is devoted to Thomson and seven artists who he influenced in friendship and in art. https://www.pinterest.com/coastalgina/the-group-of-7-tom-thomson/
2) This collection is primarily devoted to Thomson’s art itself. https://www.pinterest.com/barryhollingshe/tom-thomson/?etslf=6660&eq=tom%20thomson
Discover the beautiful Ontario Parks!
While you are “there,” look up Thomson’s favorite: Algonquin Park.
If you want to go on a hiking or boating adventure of a lifetime in Algonquin Park, be sure to invest in one of “Jeff’s Maps.” They are very detailed and informative: http://www.jeffsmap.com/
Learn about and/or visit The Tom Thomson Art Gallery, 840 First Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada N4K 4K4 Tel: (519) 376-1932. http://tomthomson.org
The memorial plaque (right) created by Thomson’s friends is truly eloquent:
“To the memory of Tom Thomson, artist, woodsman and guide, who was drowned in Canoe Lake July 8, 1917. He lived humbly but passionately with the wild. It made him brother to all untamed things of nature. It drew him apart and revealed itself wonderfully to him. It sent him out from the woods only to show these revelations through his art and it took him to itself at last.”
Tributes can be made to the living, as well. Ask students to write a five-sentence poetic tribute to someone they admire.
Thomson’s favorite spot was Canoe Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Park. He first visited the park in 1912, where he camped and canoed, finding painting inspirations from the nature all around him. In that same lake he met his untimely (and some say mysterious) death in 1917 at age 40.
View a map of Canoe Lake and places Thomson frequented: http://www.canadianmysteries.ca/sites/thomson/images/view.php?id=6060&lang=en&size=3
There are numerous classical compositions devoted to the Autumn season. The most well-known is Vivaldi’s “L’autunno” violin concerto from “The Four Seasons.” There are many other compositions to consider, however, and they are compiled here nicely by Jay Gabler. He also provides a link to a Spotify playlist titled “Classic Autumn”: http://classicalmpr.org/story/2014/09/23/classical-music-for-fall-autumn
Why do some leaves turn red? Why do some trees stay green? The United States National Arboretum can help answer these questions. They can also help you discover all the state trees and flowers, including one state that has chosen a “flower” that is not a flower at all. http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/FallFoliage/ScienceFallColor.html
Grades K-6 Studio Activity, Canoes:
Students may be interested in creating their own paper boats. Here is a great place to get started: https://inlanding.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/paper-boats/
Grades 7-12 Studio Activity, Artist George Walker’s Website:
This wonderful, rich site is well-worth a visit. Sit down and stay a while! http://www.george-walker.com/
The Friends of Algonquin Provincial Park have identified the following geologic characteristics: Eskers, kettles, kame moraines, terraces, drumlins, deltas, outwash plains, sand dunes, beach ridges, meltwater channels, boulder deposits, a kame-moraine complex, a fault canyon, a meteorite crater, striations, and crescentic scars.
Analogous Colors are those close to one another on the color wheel.
TR MACK AND LOTS OF DOTS (page 26)
View TR Mack’s artwork:
TIED & TRUE TIPS FOR ART TEACHERS: PRINTMAKING & IMAGE TRANSFER (page 38)
View an index of Adinkra Symbols and meanings: