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Greg Constantine vs Vincent Van Gogh – Starry Night

Greg Constantine has worked for several years recycling famous artists imagery in various ways. The Lindsay Gallery has several of his prints in the Permanent Collection, however for this project we will be focusing on one in particular, that relates to the famous painting ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh.

 

Questions

Using the internet, investigate information on the artist ‘Greg Constantine.’ Using two sources, write a paragraph about who he is.

Using the internet and three different sources, write a paragraph about Vincent Van Gogh.

Compare and contrast the pieces ‘Vincent Paints Fireworks Over Manhattan’ with Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ using a T Chart.

How does each artist use the lines to convey their feelings? If the lines were changed in some way (less flowing, etc), how would the impact of this piece change?

Activity

Playing a variety of short snippets from classical pieces of music allows students to do their own “experiments” with line as a response to an audio stimuli. Using either crayon or the pastels on newsprint works well. They can draw while listening or give them a short response time after you’ve played the clip and let them rely on their imaginations and audio memories.

Teachers may access the answer key here: http://lindsayartgallery.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/constantine-answer-key-for-teachers/

Please note that it is password protected. Please contact the Lindsay Gallery at 705-324-1780 or art@thelindsaygallery.com for access.


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Jane Eccles – White Dress and Water

Jane Eccles, the artist, does many works featuring paintings of dresses. However the paintings are more than just the dress. It is the story behind the woman who owned the dress, about where she came from, how she lived, her hopes and dreams and her life. That is the interesting thing about looking at art.. there often is much more to the painting than just the initial subject matter.

Many of the pieces in this exhibit featured dresses worn by the Boyd women of Bobcaygeon. The Boyd family helped to settle Bobcayegon, and owned a large lumber company back in the mid 1800s.  They were considered to be very wealthy and were able to travel quite extensively.

Questions:

  1. Why do you think this piece features water in the background?
  2. What do you think it would have been like to live in Bobcaygeon 100 years ago? (Some research could be done on the internet to answer this question)
  3. Why do you think that the artist doesn’t feature a person wearing the dress?
  4. What is one question you would like to ask the artist?

 

Activity:

Students may design their own fashion of what they think people will be wearing 100 years from now on the attached fashion ‘croqui’ using pencil crayons. Be sure to stress that they do not have to stay ‘in the lines’ with their design, and perhaps provide a completed example of clothes done on a ‘croqui’ which can be printed from the internet.

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