Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kid's Art Lesson on Jim Dine

Last week's kid's art lesson (they were ages 7 and 8 yrs.) was all about the artist Jim Dine. I first talked a little bit about his life: he was born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio (showed the kids on the map) and I made sure to tell them that he is still alive today, and still creating artwork even at age 75...no one is ever too old to create art :)
I also told the kids that, just like Andy Warhol, Jim Dine created "pop" art (short for popular), in which he drew and painted common objects that he saw everyday. He moved to New York City after graduating in art from college, and was there the same time as Andy Warhol, except he drew different things than Andy. He sketched alot of tools, such as wrenches, saws, hammers, etc. We went around the classroom and each child had to name a tool to draw (we kind of had to go over again what exactly a tool was, as some of them mentioned random things like a lamp, or a lawnmower...)
Then we discussed negative space versus positive space, as Jim played around quite a bit with this concept in his tool drawings. I drew two small squares: one was white with a black ball in the middle, and the other was black, with a white ball in the middle. We decided that negative space is where the white paper shows through, (not filled in) and positive space is the black (or the part that is filled in with color. ) I am posting a couple of Jim's tool drawings, then a few of the kids pastel pieces of their tools, using both negative and positive space in their objects....


Sue said...

Hi Keri,
Thanks for your post and the description of how you worked it through with your class.
I am going to give this a try with my group of Special Education Students during the week.

Anonymous said...

Hi Keri

Great to see what you achieved - very cool art the kids produced; really love the use of positive and negative space too. I'm thinking of using Jim Dine's work as inspiration for an art unit later this year.