On Display: Good Enough to Eat!

You are in for a treat as students at Burnet Hill Elementary School, Collins Elementary School, and Mount Pleasant Elementary School studied food related art.   These young artists were all inspired by the amazing late artists Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud, who recently passed away on December 25, 2021, at the age of 101.  Thiebaud and Warhol were associated with the “Pop Art” movement because of their famous paintings of delicious cakes, ice creams, soup cans, and other foods.  They say we eat with our eyes first, and our young artists developed these beautiful pieces that are good enough to eat! 

Made you look?  Did you think these ice cream treats were real?  If so, fourth grade students at Collins and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools were successful in creating these Trompe L’oeil ice cream sundaes.  Trompe L’oeil (French: “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that has been used for centuries that involves replicating extremely realistic imagery in order to trick the audience.  Students drew inspiration from Wayne Thiebaud’s ice cream paintings and created their favorite flavors.  A variety of materials such as model magic clay, glue, and real sprinkles were used to create these “legendary” pieces.  

Not just soup! Third grade students at Collins Elementary School observed Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell’s soup cans and drew inspiration from his use of color and repetition. Students chose their favorite food and learned how to transfer and repeat their drawings onto colorful paintings. Using tempera sticks and oil pastels, students learned about applying expressive color to their artwork. 

Got a Sweet Tooth? If so you’ll love these decadent dessert oil pastel pieces, created by Burnet Hill Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s  second grade artists!  Students enjoyed learning about the late artist Wayne Thiebaud and his dessert inspired artwork, while creating their very own delicious masterpieces!  Artists focused on the Elements of Art,  form and color,  during this lesson. Students learned about form and dimension focusing on highlights, shadows, and drawing ellipses. When adding color,  students were encouraged to include complementary colors in order to make their work POP! Oil pastel techniques like blending, layering, and thick application were a must for this artwork and these students excelled! Each drawing was done on colored paper in order to give our backgrounds an additional glow. This was a fun creation  for each student with delicious results!

These pieces of art will be on display at the Livingston Public Library throughout the month of April. 

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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