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Joan Miro: An Art Activity for Students
Joan Miro (1893-1983) was a Spanish painter and sculptor who produced vivid abstract and surrealistic works of art during much of the 1900s. His works often have very descriptive titles. Joan Miro's name is pronounced hoän mro.
Show the student Joan Miro's "The Gold of the Azure," "Blue 1," "Blue 2," or another one of his simpler works (check your local library for a book of his works, or visit the Miro Museum website, where you can view many of Miro's works).
Explain that Miro's works were often playful, spontaneous, and dreamlike. His surrealistic pictures often consisted of large areas of bright colors, and contained many elements, including simple representations of everyday objects, abstract symbols, and vivid imagery. Miro usually gave his works interesting and evocative titles.
You can create a work of your own in the style of Miro. Pick one of his pictures to give you inspiration. Look carefully at the colors, the design, and the imagery in Miro's painting. What colors did Miro use in that picture? What shapes did he draw, and what did they represent (if anything)? Is most of the canvas empty, or are there areas of pure color? What type of feeling did you get from the picture? Where does your eye go first when you look at the picture?
Now think about what you'd like your picture to portray. Pick your colors. Decide where you want the focus of your picture to be, and what you want it to look like. Now use your imagination and paint!
Give your work an interesting title (and sign your work).
For a page on Joan Miro, click here.
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