Hello MOCA Fam!
We hope you enjoy this series of MOCA Fun Fridays, at-home arts projects that will pull inspiration from contemporary artists, techniques, and accessible art making.
For this Spring Celebration project, I gathered inspiration from the long history of painted flowers. With this project, we’ll be creating three cards that you can give to someone you love, perhaps for mother’s day! From the historic to the modern, artists have been depicting and studying flora through painting, fashion, photography, and sculpture all in their own styles and forms. A great article from My Modern Met wrote about this stating “Whether painting roses, irises, or peonies in a vase or painting them straight from nature, each artist brings their own unique style to the finished artwork. In fact, just by examining paintings of flowers over time, one can trace the progression of art history. And even if the history of art isn’t something you’re particularly interested in, there’s no denying that there’s a powerful quality to floral paintings, no matter what era it’s from.”1
For this project, we’ll be using a few different techniques. We’ll be creating a Rorschach Bouquet, using tape to create Andy Warhol inspired flowers, and lastly using a straw to make Gustav Klimt inspired flowers.
Things you’ll need:
3 sheets of cardstock or watercolor paper
A cup of water and paper towel
I decided to work on all three at once, to give each a chance to dry, but I’ll start with the easiest one first.
1 Jessica Stewart, “12 Famous Flower Paintings that Make the Canvas Bloom” My Modern MET, March 29, 2019, https://mymodernmet.com/famous-flower-paintings/