Full STEAM Ahead!
Brian T. Kershisnik
Flight Practice with Instructor
oil on canvas
Like many of the artist's paintings, this painting is both introspective and whimsical. The painting seems to relate to the dreaming child that still exists in us all--the child who believes that someday, someway, he can soar with the birds. How does the title help tell the story of this painting? Have you ever had a dream where you were flying?
Donald Penrod Olsen
Salt Lake City, Utah
acrylic on canvas
This painting is an example of minimalist art. Minimalist art uses only the simplest shapes and colors. The artist did not believe paintings should look like realistic scenes or people; instead, he believed they should express the artist's ideas and feelings. Why do you think the artist put all the shapes at the bottom? Why do you think the artist chose the title of this piece?
Kresna (wayang shadow puppet)
Hand carved leather
Shadow-puppet plays have been used as both entertainment and to teach moral lessons for centuries in many parts of Indonesia. Before modern paint, colors were made from natural materials—green came from copper, yellow from plants, and red from bugs. The puppets are made using simples machines like hinges, levers, and pulleys. Body proportions are specific to different regions—how many times can you fit the upper arm into the whole body? How about the head?
Southwest United States
Pendant with Quillwork
Porcupine quills, beads, leather
American Indian artists from the southwest and Great Plains regions use natural materials to dye porcupine quills for artwork. For example, purple comes from sumac berries. Geometric patterns and shapes are common themes, or motifs, in artwork from the Southwest. How do you think this pendant was made? Where did the artist begin and end? What do you think it would be used for?
- Gravity and balance are important in our world. Describe the forces of gravity and balance in each of these artworks.
- In a sketchbook, draw all the common shapes you can find. Write down all the common colors. Colors and shapes can tell us about moods. For example: a red jagged line could be angry. What is the mood of each of these artworks?
- Try combining at least two artworks to tell a story. Write that story in your sketchbook. If you could jump into that newly combined artwork what would you add to the story?