Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Discovering Great Artists-CM Russell

Discovering Great Artists: Hands-on Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
Here is a little about CM Russell:
Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926) was many things: consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, outdoorsman, writer, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, and not least, artist. Born in St. Louis, Russell dreamed of being a cowboy, living the exciting life of men on the range. Russell came to the Judith Basin of Montana in 1880 a few days after his 16th birthday. Working briefly tending sheep, he realized that his dreams of the West were not to be fulfilled in this manner. He soon teamed up with a local hunter, Jake Hoover, with whom he spent two years sharing a cabin on the South Fork of the Judith River. Shortly thereafter, Russell became a night wrangler for the Judith Basin Roundup.
This was exactly what Russell the child had dreamed of, and what Russell the adult wanted and needed. It gave him time to observe the cowboys at work during the day, and to sketch and document all the activities and excitement of the cow camp. He continued to work as a cowboy and wrangler for 11 years before retiring to become a full-time artist.

Two weeks ago a friend of mine and I started a Art Co-op for the summer. This week we studied CM Russell and then watch the sunset on the Internet because that's what CM Russell was famous for in his paintings also for the Wild West. 

D Man starts off by painting his background. It's amazing how both of our children did different sun sets. 

Ducky painting her beautiful back ground. 

Then they cut out pieces for a silhouette. 
Thinking Ducky:)

Ducky finished Art work. 
We also put the scripture on our art.

Ephesians 4:26-27
In your anger do not sin”[a]Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

D Man's finished Art Work

In your anger do not sin”[a]Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Great verse for this painting. Thank You Suzy:)

Who is your favorite artist and Why?


Jessi Timmermans said...

I do not have a favorite famous artist, the art i love best comes from kids. :)

Kim said...

Art is so important - THat is one elective I hope to get Brody in to. Thanks for sharing.

hippie_mom said...

I don't necessarily have a favorite artist, but I love to support local artists and we move a lot ;) I think it is great you are encourage your kids' creative side!

The Attic Girl Site said...

Those are great! How fun to do with your kids.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

We love doing art! We do so much of it! Thanks for sharing!!

Mellissa Hanks said...

Love it :O) what great pictures

Erika said...

Wow, they do beautiful work!