In October fourth grade students visited Telfair Museums to take a tour of two exhibits, Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography and Complex Uncertainties: Artists in Postwar America. We saw many great works of art; the picture below shows a piece made by Louise Nevelson, which inspired us to make our own monochromatic relief sculptures.
Nevelson (1899-1988) assembled large sculptures with found objects, often discarded materials, then painted them one color. She described her process and product as this,
"I go to the sculpture, and my eye tells me what is right for me. When I compose, I don't have anything but the material, myself, and an assistant. I compose right there while the assistant hammers. Sometimes it's the material that takes over; sometimes it's me that takes over. I permit them to play, like a see saw. I use action and counteraction, like in music, all the time. Action and counteraction. It was always a relationship- my speaking to the wood and the wood speaking back to me."
"But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color. It wasn't a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all... You can be quiet and it contains the whole thing. There is no color that will give you the feeling of totality. Of peace. Of greatness. Of quietness. Of excitement, I have seen things that were transformed into black, that took on just greatness. I don't know a lesser word."
We are having fun assembling our own recycled materials, creating unique compositions, then choosing our favorite color to paint these beautiful works!
Read more about Nevelson here, www.louisenevelsonfoundation.org/ .
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.