2nd Graders are studying the life and artwork of the artist Grant Wood. They learned about how his most famous artwork, American Gothic, is continually used in our culture to represent the classic hard working "regular folk" in America at that time. We went on a hunt to find this image in our everyday lives and kids were excited to report that they found this picture in SO MANY places! We then made our own drawings of the American Gothic and wrote about what we saw in this image.
The models for American Gothic / In 1930, Iowa artist Grant Wood painted American Gothic. The models he used for the painting were his sister Nan Wood Graham and his dentist, Byron McKeeby. Here they are next to the painting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_gothic
This is great for the little kids! A video in the point of view of the subjects of the painting all while telling information about the painting, the time period, and Grant Wood... in only 2 1/2 minutes... although I've never met someone from Iowa with that kind of accent.
Grant Wood Art Projects for Kids: Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting of two Iowa farmers is one of the most recognized and parodied masterpieces of American art. Our students know all about the distinctive portraits and landscapes of Regionalist Grant Wood. His local landscapes inspire the young artists to create their own farm landscapes with textures and patterns using fun materials in a new way.