Saturday, February 27, 2010

The False Mirror

The False Mirror - Rene Magritte  1928
Oil on Canvas - 21-1/3" x 31-7/8"

Surrealist Rene Magritte was famous for his extraordinary way of looking at the world.   And his 1928 painting, The False Mirror, provides a great example of just that!

I passed out small mirrors to each of our artists and asked them to take a few minutes to look in the mirror and really study their eyes.  Then we heard  comments about what they noticed, such as color, shape, lashes, pupils.  One of Mrs. Heusser's students noticed her own reflection in her eye.   And this was a perfect opportunity to talk about what types of things might be reflected in our eyes  if we were looking at things we enjoyed.   Artists then traced a pattern to create an eye shape and filled the iris with their drawings.  They also made their eyes more realistic by adding lids and lashes and completed their artwork with a watercolor wash.  Look closely into the eyes of Mrs. Heusser's class to see the reflection of what they enjoy seeing.


Eye like it, eye really like it!