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Art History Class on Stabiles

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We discussed the work of Louise Nevelson, and examined her Sky Cathedral. We also looked at the sculpture of David Smith. First the students made stabiles, practicing construction techniques with heavy paper. Then they each selected a cardboard box frame and used found objects to create a sculpture. Found objects included buttons, broken CDs, small empty boxes, cotton swabs, old museum admission buttons, metal screws, paper clips, and more. Glue sticks, tacky glue, and twist ties were used to secure the objects.
See Classes & Lectures for more information on this and other art history classes.

On this page:

Adina * Alexandra * Caoilin * Emma * Hannah * Zaffira

Modern Art History Syllabus

  Description Activity
1. Author Emile Zola and Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet Watercolor Painting
2. Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec. Colored Pastels
3. Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh Impasto Painting, thickened tempera with sand
4. Georges Seurat, Paul Signac Pointillism — dot paintings with markers
5. Camille Pissaro, Paul Cézanne, techniques that led to Cubism Pastels and oil pastels
6. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braques, Juan Gris, Cubism Cubism: Collage and mixed media
7. Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse Papercuts and Collage
8. Wassily Kandinsky and his theory of color and sound Improvisational painting to music using watercolors
9. Paul Klee Colored pencils and markers
10. Dada — Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and others. Dadaist portrait collages
11. Surrealism — Yves Tanguy, Marcel Jean, and Salvador Dali. Surrealism
12. Surrealist collages — Giorgio de Chirico and Rene Magritte Surrealist collages
13. Surrealism and symbolism — Joan Miró Surrealism and symbolism
14. Alexander Calder Wire sculpture
15. Henry Moore Clay sculpture
16a. Louise Nevelson Stabiles
16b. Louise Nevelson Found object sculpture
  Romare Bearden Collages

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Stabile by Adina

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Stabile by Alexandra
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Stabile by Caoilin - 'Swimming Pool'

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Stabile by Emma

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Stabile by Hannah
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Stabile by Zaffira
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