On 12th February Class 7 discussed three of the ideas that had been suggested at the previous meeting. Two of these were about abstract art and one asked, 'What does 'capture the emotions' mean?' We tried to deal with these questions together as we looked at three paintings by the Russian artist Kandinsky, two by the Dutch painter Mondrian, and three by the American Rothko.
Eliza was our scribe. She noted that Kandinsky's paintings all showed the city of Moscow during the Russian revolution, one painted from a high building, looking down. They had vibrant colours, were full of excitement and the last one was nearly abstract (the shapes were similar and with fewer details). Then we saw how Mondrian did a fairly realistic painting of a tree, then another of the same tree that was bolder and more abstract. Rothko - a highly emotional man - made abstract paintings, one called 'Four Darks in Deep Red' which seemed to express his sad feelings, or emotions.
As usual, we had to much to say in only 20 minutes! But we will find out more in the next meeting in March.
Class 7 met for their first Arts Council Meeting.
There were suggestions for ideas to be discussed. These were:
At our next meeting we will have a scribe and probably get into small groups to discuss some of the topics. We will look at some examples to help us. We are so impressed with the thoughtful quality of these interesting questions, and look forward to hearing everyone's opinions!
With Riyadh as the scribe, Class 8 had their second meeting. Aleeza's choice of subject to discuss was the abstract painting of an Australian child artist, Aelita Andre. Aelita is 12 years old; her paintings are large and abstract (they do not represent anything in a recognisable way).
Riyadh wrote down many of the points the group made when we looked at the paintings: