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Holidays are a perfect time to look at Folk Art from around the world. This week we looked at images of birds, flower motifs, and wildlife that primarily make up the designs. Many of our holiday designs and imagery can be traced to the Folk Art of rural areas of the world. Folk Art is an umbrella term that is wide and varied and can apply to ancient handcrafted objects as well as contemporary arts and crafts. All art and design are rooted in these traditions and the same images can be found in almost every culture. These styles are often reflected in the illustrations of folk tales, and children's books and carry down from one generation to another. Folk artists traditionally learn skills and techniques through apprenticeships in informal community settings. This art reflects nature and is a simple stylized design that is usually very colorful. Historically these designs and patterns have been used to decorate interiors,textiles and utilitarian objects. Traditionally the artists were usually anonymous and often work in groups. The styles and imagery of Folk Art are popular again and present in many surface designs and crafts. Last year our class studied the work of two very famous folk artists, Frida Kahlo and Anna Mary Robertson, (known as Grandma Moses

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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