I have always loved the misty luminance of his landscapes.
My older daughters both wanted to do art with Miss.L11. After reading a brief biography, we looked at some examples of his works and sat chatting about his paintings. Each of us connected with a different painting, so rather than focus on just one piece for the day, I let each choose a painting.
Using our chalk pastels, we covered the backgrounds, filled in dark area and then worked to add focus and detail. All the while our Famous Composer ~ Chopin’s music quietly filled the room.
My youngest two chose The Golden Gate.
Miss.K14 said that it reminded her of a scene from The Dawn Treader by CS Lewis.
She is in a “realism” stage and becomes discouraged when her art doesn’t ‘look right’. She walked away when her smudgy painting was done. I gently encouraged her to try some chalk pencil details once her painting was dry. Amazingly, she found that she could pull out the details, smudge white chalk pencil to create the glow the Bierstadt masters in his work, and she and I were very happy with her painting when it was done.
Miss.T18 and I chose The Giant Redwoods Trees of California. She and I loved the faded mystical quality of the distant trees.
Bierstadt’s paintings are very big, so it seemed right to paint ours large too! This is my pastel painting~
Here are all our paintings on our school room gallery door ~