Possible Classroom Concepts: Science – Weather – Rain
Social Studies – The Silk Road
Possible Art Concepts: Art History
Color Wheel, Drawing, Painting, Relief, Pop ups
Educators teach in themes and very often artists are inspired by these very same themes.
Rain is one such theme. When teaching the characteristics of rain,
why not look at a famous painting in place of textbook photos or illustrations.
For the next few posts, I will be highlighting rain in art.
When thinking about rain, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Umbrellas! Umbrellas! Umbrellas!
Even though umbrellas have been depicted in art work as far back as the Egyptians,
the Chinese are generally recognized as the inventors of the folding umbrella.
Through trade, the idea of an umbrella travelled to
“Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge and Atake” by Hiroshige
and Europe (by way of the Silk Road).
“Parisians in the Rain With Umbrellas” by Louis-Leopold Boilly
As a fashion statement, women in the late 18th Century carried umbrellas or parasols
(“Paris Street, Rainy Day” by Gustave Caillebotte)
Or Come Shine!”
Here are some other famous umbrella paintings of the late18th Century.
“Rainy Day in Boston” By Childe Hassam
( Does this look similar to any of the above paintings? A great compare and contrast opportunity!
Caillebotte was a French Impressionist painter. Hassam was an American Impressionist painter who travelled and studied in Europe.)
Look here for art project ideas to correlate with a rain unit:
(This last project would coincide perfectly with the Caillebotte and Hassam paintings.)
Next up, “Painting in the Rain!”