I am utterly amazed and delighted by the sculptures my students made in yesterday’s Rodin art lesson…they are all so individual and creative…but i’ll let them speak for themselves…here’s just a sampling of their work…
And here’s my take-home sheet from the class…I love being able to offer the parents a better glimpse of what their children have done and what they can do at home..
What we learned today:
- Rodin began to show real talent for drawing at the age of 10 and was enrolled in the Petite Ecole – a school for arts and mathematics in Paris
- The Man with the Broken Nose, Rodin’s first art submission (to the infamous Paris Salon), was rejected by the judges, but he did not give up
- Rodin was only 5’ 4” tall
- Rodin was good friends with Claude Monet
- Rodin sometimes worked on more than a dozen heads in one day, only to throw them all away by the evening
- Rodin created sculptures both using clay and by crafting bronze casts of his work
- During his lifetime, Rodin was compared to Michelangelo
What we did today:
Sculpture was the name of the game today as we investigated the various ways in which Auguste Rodin manipulated materials to create artwork. We discussed a variety of terms related to sculpture, including “form”, “balance”, and “movement” and identified those in examples of Rodin’s work. The children were paired with each other and tasked with creating busts of their partners out of one piece of fast-drying clay beginning first with a sketch and then working with the clay. The challenge was to create the piece without utilizing multiple pieces of clay – to merely push and mold the clay into eyes, ears, noses and hair.
What you can do at home:
- Michelle Lord wrote a beautiful children’s book called “Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin” which details the real life events of the early 1900s when a children’s dance troupe from Cambodia performed for Auguste Rodin in Paris. Rodin went on to spend a few days sketching the children and ultimately created a series of pieces that were placed on exhibit in 1907.
- For a fun family adventure, visit the Rodin Sculpture Garden on the campus of Stanford University. This collection boasts 20 Rodin bronzes, including The Gates of Hell and Walking Man. Further onto campus near the Green library, you can find a replica of The Thinker and in the Quad, The Burghers of Calais.