Friday, December 4, 2009

Art Discovery for 5th Grade

Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa

Portrait of Lydia Delecktorskaya, the Artist's Secretary by Henri Matisse

This is a special post to help me with teaching my daughter's fifth grade class.

The subject is Women in Portraiture.

Here are the links I will show:

Women in art

A wonderful compilation of 90 portraits of women, displayed through a rapid morphing process. For a complete list of artists and paintings visit 500 Years of Women in Western Art.

Getting to Know Mary Cassatt

A brief look at American impressionist Mary Cassatt from a children's art awareness program.

Works of Mary Cassatt

A video of many works of Mary Cassatt

Women such as Amelia Earhart are featured in the online exhibition

Women of our Time
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is pleased to present "Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs." The exhibition is a selection of 90 images, drawn exclusively from the Portrait Gallery's collection, that celebrate women who have challenged and changed America over the past century.

Image in Advertising - Dove

I used this to start a discussion about how we view people and ourselves, and how advertising manipulates many portraits of women.


Anonymous said...


Dave King said...

What an excellent subject, one that should grab their interest and provide as much variety as you could wish. The scope is limitless. Showing my ignorance, though: what is 5th grade in terms of age - or isn't it?

Fantastic Forrest said...

Thanks, Dave. They seemed to really enjoy the lesson.

5th grade is 10 year olds, give or take some months. They sure are a lot more savvy than I was at that age. Yet this group is also sweet and innocent, still children who love art but they execute artworks in a very simple way.