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The Art of Food, Flowers & Vegetables

The Art of Food, Flowers & Vegetables
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

A number of years ago, my husband Geoff and I were fortunate enough to be able to take an art trip to three European cities – London, Paris and Amsterdam.

The Louvre

While in Paris, we visited the Louvre, where we walked through the courtyards, marveled at the architecture, stood motionless in front of historic paintings we had only seen in books and waited in line with hundreds of others – just to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa.

Happy me with Mona (after a really, really long wait).

The Mona Lisa was nice (but small!) and trust me, I was pretty ecstatic at the chance to be this close to her. But honestly, for me the highlight of the Louvre visit was the opportunity to see four specific paintings.

Winter, Autumn, Summer and Spring by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn were painted in 1573 by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian born artist best known for creating portraits of heads made up of a variety of objects – from fruit and leaves to flowers and vegetables.

It is amazing to me, how incredibly detailed, magical and utterly surreal these works of art are – especially considering the time period in which they were created.

On KinderArt, we have a wonderful art lesson plan, by Lacramioara Matei (a teacher at the Cambridge International school of Bucharest in Romania). By following the steps, students will learn how to create works of art inspired by Arcimboldo. All you need are a few simple materials including paper, crayons or markers (pastels or paint could also be used) and images of fruits and vegetables (or real fruits and vegetables).

Fruit and Vegetable Portraits

We also have a fun lesson inside our KinderArt Club, which teaches students as young as 5 how to make an Arcimboldo-style drawing. It is available to all members.

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