For the next 6 weeks at the Chestnut House Art School, we will be focusing on artist Paul Cezanne. It has been mentioned that this course is not as exciting as the Fairy Tale theme that we just finished, but I beg to differ! I might come off as a bit of an art nerd when I say that I find Cezanne's work to be very exciting, but I can explain.
First, a bit about Paul Cezanne. He was born and died in Aix-de-Provence in the south of France, although he left for a while to learn from mentors. Much of his work was also inspired by the area and people. Using oil or watercolor, he painted landscapes, portraits and still life. His work was considered post-impressionism and bridged the gap between Impressionism and Cubism. He worked with artists Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, but his art inspired the works of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Georges Barque. Paul Cezanne's oil painting called The Card Players is the most expensive painting in the world. It sold in 2011 for over $250 million dollars to the royal family of Qatar.
Still not excited? Well, Cezanne was very focused on the design, color and composition of his pieces. He used short brushstrokes and a palette knife to create color planes in his landscapes. Cezanne loved the bright colors found in nature and used them as his color palette. He loved to paint what he saw around him, especially apples and other fruits. The exciting part of all of this is that students have so much to learn about art and Cezanne is an incredible inspiration!
For the next 6 weeks students will be learning to mix colors and use complimentary colors for shading and texture. Some of the projects will use alternatives to paint brushes. The projects they work on will require them to use their imaginations, focus on color, compose their own projects, and learn problem solving as they try to bring their compositions to life. Students will learn to notice all of the beauty around them as they go about their day and be able to add it to a project. In short, there are numerous skills that will benefit a student.
How is that exciting you might ask? Whether a student loves still life or anime, dinosaurs or landscapes, fantasy or reality, they are going to need to know composition, color, value, shape, texture, etc. Learning from a master can only improve any kind art that a student likes to work on.