Over the past few years, I’ve been invited into a few elementary school classrooms as a guest art teacher / guest artist, which has always been a great experience for me.
Recently, this took on a new form: a long distance Q&A with the sixth grade students from Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela.
As Art teacher, Lisa Allen, explains:
“My sixth grade students have been studying Abstract Expressionism and looking at many old masters such as Barnett Newmann, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko, but also at the work of contemporary artist Joseph Pisani. Prior units in the course take them through several topics in color theory, including varying cultural responses to colors, practicing monochromatic painting, and a special exploration into using non-traditional painting tools to create unique textures and layering effects in acrylic paints…”
Below are some of the questions from the students. Also included are some of the student’s paintings: their own wonderful interpretations of abstract expressionism!