My 6-8 year old class learned a little about Louise Bourgeois this week.
We looked at her works, and I used one of my favorite resources, “13 Women Artists Children Should Know” published by Prestel. One of the driving forces for me in opening this shop was to be able to teach all kinds of kids about all kinds of artists.
Bourgeois is just someone we could all could learn about. While there’s a fair amount of subject matter that is a little more complex for the average 6 year old, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to tell a group of kids about this amazing woman, making work into her 90′s, making big, enormous gigantic work. She tells us that her emotions are inappropriate for her size, and thus transfers these emotions, this energy into sculptures. Needless to say, I enjoy sharing this idea with my students.
Here are our spiders, and some books – the photo includes some Frida Kahlo titles as well, and just off to the side there is Althea Thauberger‘s Songstress project produced by ArtSpeak. Collage Collage really likes the lady artists, and really likes featuring their works. A lot.