2014 Feb-Miró

September 13th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

JANUARY 29th (For Feb)¬ Joan Miró –Spanish Painter & Sculptor

Training sessions are held in the cafeteria at 9:30 AM and repeated at 7:00PM.  You need only attend one session.


Joan Miró was born in 1893 on the heart of the old city of Barcelona, Spain.  His father was a goldsmith and his mother was the daughter of a highly-skilled cabinet-maker from Palma, so he came from a strong craft-oriented background.  He was allowed to take art classes from the time he was eight years old, although his father wanted him to become a businessman.


Miro_webMiro’s art teachers taught him some special ways of working.  They took their students into the mountains to look carefully at all the details of the landscape.  The students could not take sketch books, they had to absorb and remember what they had seen.  Another exercise was to feel objects while blindfolded and then to paint what they “imagined” the objects looked like.  These methods gave Miró  a different way of painting.  He did not paint exactly what he saw, but what he remembered.  He learned to “sense” the volume of objects and overcame his problems in drawing form.

In 1915 Miró  saw an exhibit of Post-Impressionist painting and was impressed with the simplified, distorted forms of Van Gogh, later he was introduced to Fauvism, which freed color from reality, and Cubism, which freed form from describing photographic reality.  Miró  adopted the rigid discipline of Cubism for awhile to strengthen his forms and compositions.

When Miró  moved to Paris he met a group of artists and poets who were trying to paint or write about their thoughts and dreams.  They were called Surrealists.  Miró  liked their way of working and used many of their ideas.  He would begin to draw and let his first marks inspire other images. Gradually the picture took shape.   Miró was looking at the world in his imagination.


In later years Miró  expanded his art.  He made ceramics. He did illustrations for a book.  He designed large murals for important buildings and supervised the making of the ceramic tiles that made up the murals.  In 1977 he designed the large tapestry that hangs in the East Wing of the National Gallery entitled “La Femme.”  Miró created forms all of his life that filled people with enjoyment and wonder.  He lived for 90 years and never got tired of working and creating new images.


  1. Rachel Wacek
    February 7th, 2014 at 03:58 | #1

    We’ve started getting some feedback on this month’s project:
    – Remind kids not to press hard with the pastels as they are soft.

    -The pastels were sorted into separate bags to give out to kids when they were finished with their pencil drawings. Be cautious that darker colors are not mixed with the lighter ones and remind kids to start with the lighter colors and then do the darker ones.

    -Have kids then turn in their bags of pastels for the black and brown ones.

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