Thursday, May 19, 2016

Marc Chagall is one of my favorite painters, and we revisited his work with this project inspired by his famous stained windows art.
Exploring great artists: Marc Chagall
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Who Was Marc Chagall?

When we watched winter Olympics in Sochi, they had a special Russian alphabet video clip where each letter was paired with a person or an invention originating in Russia. Russian letter ะจ was for Chagall, and I wanted to jump up and cry, "No fair!". Marc Chagall was born and spent his formative years in my native country of Belarus. In fact, he was from the same town that my father's family came from - town of Vitebsk. He is probably the most famous person born in Belarus even though he eventually emigrated from the former Soviet Union and settled in France. He narrowly escaped Nazi occupation and relocated to US in 1941 returning to France in 1948.
Marc Chagall has a very unique style. Once you saw his pictures, you will be able to recognize his work anywhere. You can watch this beautiful homage to his work to see what I am talking about :)

Stained Windows by Chagall

In his later years, Chagall had several large scale stained windows installations all over the world. He used themes from his earlier work - flying figures, Jewish symbols, and majestic blue color. We were inspired to do our art by looking at many images of Chagall stained windows.

Glue Resist on Canvas

Some time ago I saw this beautiful project of water colors with glue on canvas, and I thought that glue lines could serve as "stained glass pieces" for our project. As the first step, we both sketched our designs on 8x10 canvas and went over the lines with school glue
After 24 hours our glue lines dried flat, and I knew right away that we are not going to see the same effect of paint pooling around the lines as in the original project, but we still saw nice resist effect when we used Crayola watercolors trying to keep with Chagall's color palette.
Here is an end result of Smarty's project - she went for a "Dreamy Jungle". My creation (in the pin image) is a "Rising Star".

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Great artists for kids: Marc Chagall Project

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Marc Chagall was an incredible artist!

Ticia said...

I love how your projects turned out! I bet you could put black dye in the glue to make it look more like leading. Now I kind of want to try that....