Well I have! For years, in School Arts or Arts and Activities, I would see mentions of an artist by the name of Charles Burchfield that intrigued me. Turns out, Mr. Burchfield was a Buckeye from Ohio and so am I! That's where the coincidence ends though, because he became a noted American landscape painter and I, humbly, a teacher of children.........Ha! What intrigued me about Mr. B is this, what the heck was he painting and why did it move me so? His subject matter is largely landscapes and bleak, urban areas. The uniting factor is the way he controls the atmosphere-it literally vibrates in his landscapes with a symbolism he created and each painting makes you feel the rain, the heat, the snow and wind.
I have collected many images of his work (thank you Google!) and have compiled a binder for each of the 7-8 tables in my artrooms. Here is my dilemna:How do I design a lesson about Mr. B, what grade level would it best serve, and would watercolor work best or tempera? I know there are some great opportunities here for teaching color mixing (hence, the tempera dilemna)and most primary classes have a unit on weather, so why am I stuck? If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears!