Charley Harper was born August 4th, 1922 and died on June 10, 2007. He spent his adult life in Cincinnati and is considered an American Modernist artist. His artwork is made up of highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.
Charley Harper had a unique way of looking at nature. His prints of birds, especially cardinals reveal simple geometric shapes.
He was a conservationist as well as an artist. Harper’s wildlife also showed his sense of humor. He was an American artist who grew up on a West Virginia farm and developed an early love of animals. Below you can see a video of some of Harper's cardinals. You can also introduce him to your students while the video is playing.
He graduated from the Cincinnati Art Academy and taught there for many years. I think his artwork is flat, hard-edged, and simple, which is why young students react to the playfulness in his artwork. Below are some examples done by my KDG. students.
My favorite color is green.
My favorite type of art is watercolor painting.
I love all types of crafts.
I love teaching art.
My favorite college team is PennState.
My favorite movie is Goonies.
I am addicted to Pinterest.com.
I love my family.
Welcome to Mrs. Wagner's Art Ideas for KDG., 1st, 4th and 5th graders
I am an elementary art teacher and an artist. I will introduce, share, and discuss different art ideas with and for my students. I will talk about all kinds of art related topics: art techniques, styles, procedures, history, and my favorite artists. I will share my favorite websites, places to visit, and hints for my students (both past and present). Since my students are KDG., 1st, 4th and 5th graders, most of my entries will be directed to supplemental or enriching ideas that go along with projects we create in class. I also hope to post interesting projects and ideas for my students to try at home. Other postings will include information about my monthly art contests, requirements, and details about art shows.