May Fine Arts Pathway: Exploring Lithograms!

By: Kate Quattlebaum

GettyImages-522459450 copyChildren make connections from artwork to their own lives and begin to form an appreciation for art. Children truly enjoy talking about what they see, figuring out the mysteries of the artwork, and ultimately giving their opinion of the work. Works of art filled with simple shapes, bright colors, and patterns — and art that contains appealing subject matter such as animals, families, other children, and pets — are favorites as well. Art can be posed as a mystery for children to investigate, or posed as a puzzle for them to interpret and explore. Our monthly Fine Arts Pathways provide teachers and children with a developmentally-appropriate way to explore many types of fine arts that may not otherwise be accessible outside of a museum or world-travels.

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 4.57.39 PM-1This month we are studying the piece, Townend Cycles. The first posters were created in France in the early 1800s as advertisements. Posters were also used to promote theater, operas, and major events. Posters began to be produced in multiples when lithography was invented in the late 1700s. Lithography uses a chemical process mixing grease, nitric acid, gum arabic, and water.

By the mid-1800s it was possible to print 10,000 sheets in an hour. Jules Cheret was a French painter and lithographer who became known as the “father of the modern poster.” Cheret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pierre Bonnard were three of the most prominent designers of posters and lithographs during the nineteenth century.

To incorporate the exploration of art at home, investigate the aspect of the year 1896 (or late 1800's in general) with your child. Help your child bring in a picture or artifact of something they found interesting from the era to share with their classmates!