By Richard Panchyk
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The valentine/farewell on page 34 shows a lovely young girl surrounded by flowers, and features the following lines: Howard Finster The Reverend Howard Finster was perhaps the best known living self-taught/outsider artist of the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Alabama, Finster was a Baptist preacher turned artist. Religion played a big role in his art, and many of his works feature images or words relating to the Bible. Since the 1960s, he worked at a place in Georgia he called Paradise Gardens, which he filled with his sculptures, paintings, and assorted junk.
During World War II, American soldiers sent millions of letters to their families and friends at home. These sometimes contained detailed drawings, especially for Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays. Activity Calligraphy Bird The bird symbolized peace, love, and good luck and was therefore one of the most popular subjects for folk artists. Drawing its graceful curves was a nice way to practice calligraphy strokes. In this activity, you will practice the basic strokes and flourishes necessary to draw a calligraphy bird.
Grandma Moses’s natural 20 Sugaring Off by Grandma Moses, 1943. talent and charm, combined with good timing, made her very successful. Hildegard Bachert, whose family had fled Nazi Germany a few years before, was employed at the gallery when Grandma Moses arrived on the scene. They first met on one of Moses’s rare trips to New York City. The occasion was a display of her work at Gimbel’s Department Store’s Thanksgiving festival in November 1940. Bachert was amazed at all the commotion surrounding the frail-looking little old lady who was the center of attention.
American Folk Art for Kids: With 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk