Sunday, July 3, 2011

Giuseppe Arcimboldo Fruit Faces

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) (1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books — that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.

This project is a creative one that I planned for stone soup day. The teacher wanted something to go along with food, or nutrition. This is what I came up with. Arcimboldo is a fascinating artist, especially for his time period! He was about the same time period as Michelangelo. Leonardo di Vinci and Bruegel.

What a creative out of the box, going against what everyone else was doing artist! I LOVE that! He seems like a fun guy. He was so influential, a term " Arcimboldo effect" is used when an artist is influenced by him and uses the same fantastical artistic effects.

When I showed the kids the powerpoint, I made sure to show them his portrait on the first slide to talk about how serious he looks and what type of art do you think he paints? On each painting, I ask them to point out objects, fruit, vegetables etc in each portrait, and ask them why do you think he named the painting this?

For their project they will do a self-portrait using fruits and vegetables. You can tell them they must use the daily allowance of different veggies and fruit. I've included a list of suggestions on the last slide for reference.

Ask them, what kind of head do you think you are, a potato head, a pineapple head, a watermelon head, a pear head etc.  have fun!

Materials: a wide assortment of oil pastels, orange and black
12x18 paper, embellishments

Here is the link to the slideshow in PDF form...

Arcimboldo PDF

Photos of fruits and vegetables to print out for examples for the class

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