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T he art movement was American Folk Art. The artist was Grandma Moses. The objectives—other than familiarizing students with the genre of art known as “folk art,” and the life and work of Grandma Moses—were to introduce students to the picture plane in terms of foreground, middle ground and background. Once students were introduced to the idea of creating the illusion of space and depth, they were to create a Moses-inspired artwork of farm life that successfully demonstrated their newly acquired knowledge of the picture plane, as well as their friendship with their new grandma. GREETING GRANDMA MOSES The stu- Grandma Moses meets by Jane Sutley dents faced with this visual task were 7- and 8-year-olds. They loved the photograph of the kind-faced woman named Anna Mar y Robertson, and the stor y of how she began her life as a hardworking farmer, and then redefined herself as an artist when she was in her 80s, becoming known as “Grandma Moses.” The biographical information about Moses transitioned effortlessly into an explanation of the term “folk art,” and how it applies to people with no academic training in art. I displayed Grandma Moses’ Apple Butter Making (1947), Country Fair (1950) and Barn Roofing (1951). The details in her paintings, as well as the dif ferent seasons depicted, captured the children’s interest. Mostly unfamiliar with countr y life in the early to mid-20th centur y, my class of 21st-centur y urban children lEaRNINg OBJECTIVES Elementary students will . • • • • • be introduced to the genre of art known as american Folk art. become familiar with the work of grandma Moses and Eric Carle. develop an awareness of the picture plane in terms of foreground, middle ground and background. experiment with new media and tools to create nonrepresentational visual textures. create a Moses-inspired collage using their own painted papers. MaTERIalS • • • • • • • • Prints of grandma Moses’ work Books by Eric Carle 9" x 12" and 12" x 18" white drawing paper Watercolors, tempera and acrylic paints, and brushes assorted “found” implements, including cardboard tubes, crumpled paper towels, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, sticks, straws, clothespins, carpet scraps, steel wool, marbles, screens, feathers and string Pencils and erasers glue Scissors Using their own painted papers, children created collages that demonstrated their new knowledge of the picture plane. 20 october 2012 • 80 YEARS x www.ar tsandactivities.com