Meet the Masters :: Rembrandt van Rijn

by | May 24, 2016 | Art, Meet the Masters | 0 comments

“Practice what you know, 
and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.” 
~ Rembrandt

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared pictures from any of our “Meet the Masters” unit studies and art projects. The kids look so much younger in that last post on Claude Monet! I’m sure I will think the same thing when I look back at this post in a couple years… I have pictures to share eventually from the past seven or eight artists we’ve studied, but I’m going to start with our most recent which focused on highlights and shadows inspired by Rembrandt. 
Rembrant is the fourth artist featured in Track C. We used the lesson for ages 10-Adult, which worked well for all but our littlest ones. I ended up helping Rose with her art. So fun! 

.: Master Artist Introduction :. 

Rembrandt van Rign (REM-brant)

Dutch Painter (1606-1669)

Rembrandt developed a painting style using light and dark that is unlike that of any other artist. This “Rembrandt Lighting” creates beautiful contrasts in his etching and painting. He painted more self-portraits than any artist in history – a visual autobiography of his life in 17th Century Holland.

Art Activity Emphasis: Highlights and Shadows

Media: White Chalk, Black Oil Pastel, White Oil Pastel

Vocabulary: Light, Dark, Highlight, Detail, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Background, Shadow, Composition, Etching, Profile, Luminous

.: Art Supplies :.

One 12″x18″ sheet of newsprint (placemat)

One 12″x15″ sheet of black construction paper
White Dustless Chalk

.: Practice Technique – Shadows, Highlights & Rooftops :.

.: Art Project – The Mill :.

.: Additional Reading :. 

Chiquita also pulled out her Rembrandt card from her set of Usborne Famous Paintings
(The cards are currently overpriced at Amazon but you can order them directly from one of my current sponsors who is an independent consultant here if you are interested.) 


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