“Hoppin’ Art!”

“Hoppin’ Art!” with Edward Hopper


What do you think of when you think of summertime? That “down-home feeling,” of school’s-out, vacations, beach time, ice cream, or maybe summertime heat?

When I think of “home” and summer, I think of a family trip to the beach, always accompanied by a trip for icey-cold, delicious ice cream treat afterwards.  The soda shop on our main street was a hoppin’ place!  Especially after the beach on a hot day or evening.  Thinking of it makes me smile big.
Edward Hopper’s famous painting “The Nighthawks” elicits that feeling of home and brings us back to the retro art of the soda shoppe.  Even though abstract expressionism and pop art were becoming the culture of the time, Edward Hopper kept to realism in his paintings.  Edward Hopper was mostly known for his oil paintings, but he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker.
Reflection Questions:
1.  When you look at this painting, what do you feel?
2.  What time of day is it in this painting by Edward Hopper?
3.  Have you ever been to a soda shop?
What would you order if you were at the soda shop?
Here are some paintings my students completed this week during our summer camp themed “Retro Art of the Soda Shop.”  I love how they were inspired by the art of Edward Hopper.  They learned principles of design, watercolor resist techniques, and how to effectively tell a story with their paintings.  We will be looking at the art of Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg this week as well.

Fireflies @ Coffee & Canvas
July 9, 2014

If you want to beat the summer heat and learn more about our retro artists, bring the kids in for our Fireflies Art and Literature open studio tomorrowWednesday July 9 at 1:00pm for story time and an art project.  You can also stop by for open studio from 1:00-6:00pm and we’ll give you a project to complete to compliment our book and our artist.  Mention “Fireflies” for discount!
Call 407-416-2594 for more information and to register.
See you in the studio!
Laura Bird Miller | Coffee and Canvas

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