Category: Create Like the Greats!

Johnny Bulunbulun

Johnny Bulunbulun

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Create Like the Greats! Today I am going to talk about Johnny Bulunbulun. Johnny was born in northern Australia, know as Arnhem land, in 1946. When he was older, his family moved to the nearby Christian mission in Milingimbi so that he could attend school. He left school early to work in a variety of labouring jobs on the mission, at the ‘government’ settlement at Maningrida, and with the Armed Services in Darwin. Johnny was a senior member of the Ganalbingu group and was one of the most important singers and ceremonial men in north-central Arnhem Land. Then he moved west of the Arafura Swamp and got married, he married Nelly Wunuwun, and meet her brother, Jack Wunuwun, and got inspired. Then he had a career in 1977 after he was commissioned to complete an individual mural on the wall and ceiling of an underground Australian Defence Department instillation in Canberra. Some of His art pieces were “Bark Painting” and “Bat Dreaming”. Johnny Bulunbulun died in Australia, in 2010 at the age of 64, but he is still remembered as a great artist to this day. I love his art work and I hope you like it too. Well that’s all for now, this is Chocokitten123 and see you next time on Create Like the Greats!

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Create Like the Greats!

Create Like the Greats!

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Create Like the Greats! Today I am going to talk about the famous Chinese artist, Shen Quan. Shen Quan was born in Deqing, Zhejiang, China, in 1682. He was a famous scholar, musician, and poet, and also was admired for his paintings. He specialized in scenes of animals and flowers, his paintings look really realistic and beautiful, some of his paintings were “Pine, Plums and Cranes”, ” Pair of Phoenixes in the Morning Glow”, and “Cat”. “Cat”, was a painting that he just painted for fun, but it came out to be a sensation and it looks amazing. Shen was invited to Japan by a high official.  He arrived in Nagasaki in the final month of 1731 with two students, acquiring many Japanese students after his arrival. His paintings soon became very popular, and after his 1733 return to China he continued to send paintings back to Japan. Shen had many pupils while in Japan; his most important was Kumashiro Yuhi, who in turn taught So Shiseki and Kakutei. Other artists influenced by Shen included Katsushika Hokusai, Maruyama Okyo, and Ganku. In 1760, at the age of 78, Shen Quan died, but he and his painting are stilled admired to this day. Well that all for now, I am Chocokitten123 and see you next time on Create like the Greats!

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Create Like the Greats! Today we are going to talk about Wassily Kandinsky. Wassily was a Russian artist that believed art could express feelings like music, soothing, colorful, and amazing. He was born in Russia in 1866 and in a family who adored music, his parents names were Lidia and Vasily Kandinsky and they loved him. Then when he was about 5 years old, his parents got divorced and he went to go live with his aunt in Odessa, Ukraine, there he learned how to play the piano and went to grammar school, but he still liked drawing and making art. Then he remembered what his family’s wishes were, they said he should become a lawyer and he did.

He went to the University of Moscow and graduated with honors and went to take a position in the Moscow Facility of Law. Then in 1896 he remembered what he saw at the Moscow Art Museum and saw a art piece of Claude Monet, the Haystacks at Giverny, and then he realized how much he loved art. So he abandoned his law career and moved to Munich, German, started learning art at the Academy of fine arts and made his first art piece, Black Lines 1. I say he was a amazing artist and I made one of my own abstract art and you can too. Well that’s all for now see you next time on Create Like the Greats!

Mondrian…and so much more!

Mondrian…and so much more!

This past month JuJuBee completed another art project. She learned about Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872 – 1944), one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl. Since we have been learning about the basic geometric shapes (Square, Circle, Triangle, Rectangle) we incorporated all the shapes using the his works

Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue (1921)

and

Broadway Boogie-Woogie (1942-43)

as the base for her art. Like we learned art is about learning from others and making your own creation. Every month we try to learn different artists and pick the ones we want to recreate or make new creations.

So get out the colors and Create like a Great!

Josef Albers

Josef Albers

This month on Create like the Greats we created Homage Squares. Homage Squares is a style of art that shows depthness using squares. Josef Albers created the painting Homage to the Square or Homage Squares in 1949. During 1949 and 1976 Josef made Homage to the Square into a series of over 1000 related works of art. Josef Albers died in 1976, but his art technique spread to many art schools and generations of artists. Today we used his  skill in our Homage Squares. Even my five year old sister was a great. Look at how we used different sized squares to make it seem like it’s going on forever. If you want to learn more about Josef Albers you can go to http://www.theartstory.org/artist-albers-josef.htm.