Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most popular paintings include night scenes, such as brightly lit cafes and starry skies. Using thick, directional strokes of color, your students can create their own Van Gogh-inspired night scenes.
Many consider Claude Monet the most famous of the Impressionist artists. Monet designed a garden at his home in Giverny to provide beautiful subject matter for his works. Taking inspiration from their own surroundings, your students can create their very own garden-themed works to take home!
Henri Matisse, known as the master colorist of the 20th century, helped create a fury in the art world when he began using color in ways that defied the traditional methods of the time. Teach your students to paint an interior piece influenced by this great artist.
Many consider Paul Cezanne the father of modern art. He spent hours painting outdoors, scrutinizing his surroundings for geometric forms for a pleasing motif. Using Cezanne’s method of identifying and arranging shapes, your students will create their own landscapes in the style of Cezanne.
When trying to utilize or explain the Common Core standards, it helps to have a general understanding of what the standards are, how and why they were developed and how they differ from math standards taught in previous years.
Although implementing the standards can at first appear daunting, approaching the task as an opportunity to engage students’ natural curiosity and using the tools already available in the classroom can help teachers embrace the new standards and even enjoy teaching Common Core math.