Inspired by the Salons of Paris in the early 20th century, our 4/5s hosted a real life open-house salon that was filled from floor to ceiling with modernist paintings, sculptures, musical performances, and theatre. We studied different methods of abstraction, including the manipulation of colour, shape/form, texture/pattern, and simplification. Some of the French artists we studied were Manet, Seurat, Braques, and Duchamp. We also studied several non-French artists who worked in Paris around the same time, such as Van Gogh, Miro, and Picasso.
We practiced writing persuasive paragraphs through our artist statements, and wrote autobiographical narrative stories inspired by the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls books.
The salon was a great opportunity to introduce the students to the topic of feminism, which we linked to Alberta's history through a sculptural project inspired by the Famous Five.