7th Grade, The Art Cafe, Ms. Slom

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7th Grade:

Motion in Art – Haring and Duchamp.

We started off by having a discussion about: What is movement? –the act , process or result of moving. Usually, movements, actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons. Abundance of events or incidents. Rapid progress of events as in a narrative or drama.

The next question was: What is movement in Art?-Art exists in time as well as space. Time implies change and movement, movement implies the passage of time. Movement and time, whether actual or an illusion are crucial elements in art although we may not be aware of it. An artwork may incorporate actual motion that is the artwork itself moves in some wat. Or it may incorporate the illusion of or implied movement. Actual movement or motion-artwork that incorporates actual movement is called “kinetic”.

With this in mind, we then saw a slide show of both Keith Haring (1958-1990) and Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). Each student was then given a paper manikin. The student’s cutout the paper manikin, assembled it with brads, and drew a minimum of 8 positions of motions on paper by tracing around the manikin. They then colored with watercolor crayons and where there was overlapping created new color and then painted with water.

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