Realism through Surrealism**

Residency for Junior High or High School students
Residency Artist Cheryl Myrbo

SAMPLE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Session One: 1849* 1872
A prelude of slides beginning with cave paintings and leading up to the middle of the 1800's (invention of the camera) will set the stage for about 20 slides representing Realism. Warm up sketching. A still life will be drawn in a realistic way with pencil emphasizing contour line, light, dark, and composition.

Session Two: 1882*1900
Slides of Impressionism and Post Impressionism. The same stillife will be painted in an Impressionistic style emphasizing the dissolution of the object and the importance of light.

Session Three: 1900*1922
Slides of Expressionism. The stillife will again be painted in an Expressionistic style with an emphasis on color used to represent and evoke emotion from the viewer.

Session Four: 1900*1922
Slides of Cubism. The stillife will again be (painted), in a Cubist style with an emphasis on the aspect of modernity; time and speed (Futurism) incorporated into a subject.

Session Five: 1922*1950
Slides of Surrealism. Cut / adapt / amend stillifes and combine for universal effect: either parallel to the original or extending into Surrealism. Any additions to the composition will be encouraged at this point to complete a frameable exhibit-ready piece. Collages are suggested. Or finishing a previous piece.

*In a long term residency there will be enough time to put together a website, documentary, and an art exhibition with all the trimmings: matt and/or frame the work, (jury), design, print, and mail invitations, create program, coordinate reception.

OVERVIEW OF ART FORM: The students will be given the opportunity to dabble in several techniques and various mediums while replicating periodic styles introduced by the history survey. The artist will pass on to the students an understanding of whatever technique is dictated by the curriculum focus.

Many processes can be used: painting, drawing, clay, computer graphics, gilding, aging, marbling. For specific medium choices, ie. clay, the slide presentation will be supplemented with additional material on the history of clay within the same chronological framework. (ie. Picasso was a brilliant ceramicist/potter.) Coordinated with earlier periods like the Medieval and Renaissance, or Baroque and Rococo, can be a hands-on portion of the artist's techniques for marbling and gilding handed down by artists Giotto, Michelangelo, and others. Employing "trompe l'oeil" techniques of depth and perspective into a permanent mural on the school walls can finish off a long term art history residency about the 17th and 18th centuries.

Hands-on time should not be less than one hour. Although traditional scheduling will work, the number of movements covered will vary. Block scheduling works most efficiently. Slides may be shown in a different area and on different days than the hands-on segments.

ANY SCHEDULE CAN BE ADAPTED FOR THIS PROGRAM: SINGLE DAYS, PORTIONS OF A WEEK, A FIVE DAY SEQUENCE, OR A LONG TERM RESIDENCY.

**This workshop material is the copyright of Cheryl Myrbo and may not be copied or used in any form
unless Cheryl Myrbo will be conducting the workshop.





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