7 Facts About Rene Magritte

HELLO Art Families! I can not believe how fast this half of the semester has gone! I hope you all are enjoying my online curriculum. I am planning on offering this online option next semester for purchase. The plan is to be able to take my classes from your home; I'll provide a supply kit that supports my projects to you! I will be switching curriculums next fall, to an American Art History Calendar. Each month we will create art according to historical events on our calendars. This will include holiday, seasonal, and important historical events. I am so excited for this! Lessons will be pre-recorded, and supply kits to ship or pickup will be available at the beginning of the semester! I will have more information as we get closer to start day. In the meantime, if you are interested in this option and you are a homeschooler with a charter school, I am approved through: Family Partnership, Raven, Focus, IDEA, Iditarod, and Cyberlynx. If you are a part of another charter school that you do not see on this list, please let me know. I will get the paperwork train rolling, so that you can use the reimbursement billing option. If you are not enrolled in a charter school, I will have this program available for individual purchase. Also, I am still planning on teaching at the Mac Center next semester as well. As long as we are allowed to have classes.

This weeks lesson is a multi-faceted lesson for the kids. There is a part one, a part two, and there are many learning opportunities for art, in this session for all ages. We will learn: How to draw puffy clouds using the five elements of shape, value, basic shading techniques using graphite, Prismacolor marker and Sharpie, watercolor washes and basic watercolor techniques.

Our artist for this week is Rene Magritte and our art movement for this time period is Surrealism. (1)Magritte was born in 1898 to a wealthy family. His mother was ill and died when he was 14 years old. (2)As a young man he attended at the Academy des Beaux-Art in Brussels. He left the school because he did not feel that it was a positive use of his time. (3)He created art based on the prominent art movement of that time which was Cubism (introduced by Picasso). (4)In 1922 he married and worked several different small art related jobs to pay the bills. He also developed his style and realized that Surrealism was the art movement which he was particularly drawn to. Surrealism: was prominent from 1924-1966. It was founded by a poet named Andre Breton in Paris France in 1924 and was an artistic literary movement. This movement was an artistic study of the unconscious mind (the unconscious mind produces dreams) or in other words, was aimed at expressing feelings and thoughts no matter how absurd they would seem. Their goal was to discover thoughts that may not seem rational through artistic expression.

(5) Magritte painted dream-like art to invoke thought. Below are examples of some of the paintings that Magritte created. Art analysts spent a lot of time interpreting the meanings of these paintings which would represent visions of a world in a dream-like life. (6) Magritte was grouped with other artists that were considered iconic Surrealists such as: Andre Breton, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, Frida Kahlo, Max Ernst and Meret Oppenheim. (7) Most Surrealist was forced out of Europe during WWII to escape Nazi persecution.

Mann, J. (2016, September 23). What Is Surrealism? Retrieved May 06, 2020, from

This video below does a really good job describing Surrealism for the young artist.

This week we will explore the art of Rene Magritte. We will study the piece The False Mirror Paris 1929. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, houses this piece of art work at the moment. The MoMA says that the eye was subject to fascination by many Surrealist poets and artists. It is the door between the inner mind and the external world. This piece was also interesting to Surrealists because there was no convexity of the clouds to make the image look like it was a reflextion on the surface of the iris. It is flat which gives it an appearance of a window. What is also interesting is that the pupil is so flat and dark and to the viewer appears to be floating unattached to the clear cerulean blue sky. So the MoMA says that photographer Man Ray, who once owned the piece, says that The False Mirror ,"sees as much as it itself is seen.".

Magritte, R. (n.d.). René Magritte. The False Mirror. Paris 1929: MoMA. Retrieved May 06, 2020, from


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