Hi Everyone,

Today’s conversation was about ART!  What is art?  What is art for?  Where is art?Image result for art

Art is in many forms – like painting, drawing, dancing, singing, making music, talking and more. Art is for all us to enjoy, to see beauty, to make statements and present our views on social, political and cultural issues. Art is everywhere! It is in museums, galleries, in our homes, on the streets, on our faces and our bodies – it’s all over!

Today we focused on painters and paintings, specifically Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. Small groups looked up information about these artists and their work. 

We looked at these two versions of Van Gogh’s “Dr. Gachet”. They were both painted in 1890 by Van Gogh, shortly before his death.

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The we moved on to Edvard Munch and his famous painting “The Scream”. This famous painting was auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2012 and sold at a record price of just under $120 million!

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We talked about the differences and similarities of these two painters and their works. In particular, we looked at “Red Virginia Creeper” by Munch on the left and “Yellow House” by Van Gogh on the right. We talked about the colors, moods, and subjects of these two paintings.

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Lastly we looked at Google’s Art Project – an online, free database of paintings, painters and museums all over the world. This resource offers lots of information and even virtual tours of some museums all around the world. So, you don’t even have to leave your home, you can explore museums and their collections right at your fingertips!! Image result for google art project

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Gallery at Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia (from Google Art Project)

Click on this link Google Art Project to get started. Enjoy art!

Words of the day

concoction (noun) : something (such as a food or drink) that is made by mixing together different things                                                                                                       A smoothie is a concoction of fruit, vegetables and yogurt.

shabby (adjective) : in poor condition especially because of age or use                          My first apartment after I graduated from college was pretty shabby, I really could not afford much back then.

eatery (noun) : a usually small and informal restaurant                                                       There are lots of eateries at the Prudential Center, so it’s a good place to meet friends.

Remember to relax and practice, and appreciate and enjoy all art!

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