Sunday, March 31, 2013

Militaria and ART in the CLASSROOM

Here is an article about teaching and my former classroom; we have moved from my former digs to inside the  building, boo !  to that  !   But my new classroom is almost as interesting. Here is a VIDEO of me explaining how I use militaria and art in the classroom to teach.
Mr. Hill in front of the GATES of HELL at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, PA. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

10 works of ART HITLER HATED

Work #1: 
Ernst Barlach, "Magdeburger Ehrenmal" (Magdeburg cenotaph), 1929.
 The sculpture created a controversy about Barlachs anti-war stance, in opposition to the trends at that time. This is currently in the Cathedral of Magdeburg
Work #2
Max Ernst: L'Ange du Foyer (1937)

Emile Nolde: The title of this work is "The Prophet." (1912) Hitler had over 1,000 of Nolde's paintings removed from German museums; this was more than any other artist.

Emil Nolde
Mask Still Life III

Max Beckmann
Carnival (1943)

Otto Dix 
The Skat Players (1920)

Otto Dix 
Three Prostitutes on the Street 

Marc Chagall
The Fiddler  (1912)  *The musical gets its name from this work.

George Grosz
"Republican Automatons" 1920

George Grosz
The Pillars of Society

Albert Birkle: "The Crucifixion" 

Information about Birkle ...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Flanders" by Otto Dix

"Otto Dix, Flanders (1934-36)
The artist Otto Dix (1891-1969) was 23 years old when he volunteered for military service in 1914. He served first in the field artillery and later in a machine-gun unit. In the fall of 1915, he saw combat in Champagne. In 1916, he fought at the Battle of the Somme. One year later, he was sent to the Eastern Front. Among artists, Dix was virtually unmatched in the intensity of his commitment to depicting the horrors of war – or, subsequently, the numerous cruelties of modern society. Maimed veterans, prostitutes, and victims of sexual abuse, poverty, and crime are among his pictorial subjects.
Dix worked on this large-format (78 x 98") painting from 1934 to 1936. By that point, the National Socialists had already dismissed him from his professorial position at the Dresden Art Academy, and he was living in Randegg bei Singen. The painting shows a field in Flanders where three devastating battles were fought. In contrast to war-time propaganda images, Dix's canvas introduces war in the form of a battlefield where corpses and mud predominate, the one rotting and merging into the other. With this nightmarish tableau, Dix commemorated the victims of one World War in the hopes of preventing another."   Citation: click here

A great way to present ART in your classroom: VTS-- Visual Thinking Strategies.