Why do you think the artist changed his name? Have you ever thought
about changing your name? What name would you choose? Why?
Hartley made more than 1,000 paintings. If he had made only 100
paintings, would each one be more valuable? Would you pay one million
dollars for Storm Clouds, Maine, if you had the extra money?
Why or why not?
Do you see any geometric shapes in this
painting? Organic shapes?
Was Hartley trying to reproduce nature in this painting?
- Choose a natural climate such as the desert, plains, mountains,
or tropics, and research the flora (plants)
and fauna (animals) that are indigenous (native)
to that climate. Paint a picture of that environment.
- Create your own ideal dream climate with your ideal fantasy
flora and fauna. Draw a detailed picture of yourself in this environment.
| Minnesota student
| ART/SCIENCE ACTIVITY
Pretend you are a naturalist. Select an
insect or bird and learn everything you can about your subject. Write
a paragraph describing your subject. Find a photograph of your subject
and make an illustration. Using both written text (words) and visual
text (art), describe how your subject appears, where it lives, and
what it eats. Pretend this insect or bird is an endangered
species. You may be the last person to record these details.
| ART ACTIVITY
Hartley used a technique called the Segantini "stitch" to
paint Storm Clouds, Maine.
Look closely at this painting and read about the technique. Design
a landscape composition in pencil. Next, using your markers, create
a landscape drawing using 1/2-inch long vertical lines of pure color.
The color will appear mixed when viewed from a distance. Fill in
all the space with the Segantini "stitch."
| Marsden Hartley,
Storm Clouds, Maine
animal or plant that is in danger of extinction or ceasing to exist.
with regular contours, and straight edges such as squares, triangles,
scientist who studies plants and animals from the natural world.
free-form, irregular shapes echoing nature.
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|| Look carefully at the photograph Broadway
to the Battery. How many of these questions can you answer from
looking at this photograph?
- What season of the year is it?
- Which direction was Berenice Abbott facing when she took this
picture? (You may need to look at a map of New York City)
- What time of day is it?
- What New York landmarks can you identify?
- What is the name of the ship in the harbor?
| Berenice Abbott,
Broadway to the
| Use historical photographs of your community
to compare the past with the present. Look at an older picture of
a main street in your town and compare it with how the street looks
today. Take photographs to document the ways your town has changed.
Zwingle, Erla. "A Life of Her Own."
Sundell, Michael G. Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photographs
if the 1930s. The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1980
Abbott, Berenice. Changing New York. New York: Dutton,
1939 (printed as New York in the Thirties. New York: Dover,
modern, modernism--In art
history, this term refers to the philosophies of art made in Europe
and the United States during a period roughly from the 1860s through
the 1970s when certain artists began to take radical steps away
from traditional art in order to be deliberately different from
the dominant, official taste. Modern art or modernism is characterized
by changing attitudes about art, an interest in contemporary events
as subjects, personal artistic expression, and freedom from realism.
Modernism can be seen as artists' attempts to come to terms with
the urban, industrial and secular society that emerged during the
19th century in Western society.
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