Sunday, May 28, 2017

Patriotic Art Resources

As we celebrate Memorial Day we remember and recognize all those that have served or are currently serving our country. It seems fitting to take a look at some of the artists who have worked with themes of patriotism in their artwork, many of whom are also veterans, and consider ways we might be able to incorporate some of their work and ideas into our own lessons.

This article talks about the story behind Jasper Johns painting Flag.

Norman Rockwell's the Four Freedoms is a series that refers to Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech in 1941 addressing our essential human rights. These paintings inspired patriotism across America and resulted in selling millions in U.S. Treasury Department War Bonds in 1943.

American Impressionist Childe Hassam painted The Fourth of July, 1916 in response to his attendance at the a parade in New York that was part of a collection of patriotic activities planned as American prepared to enter World War I.

Reflections by Lee Teter is a wonderful work about veterans and those lost during the Vietnam War. 

Jacob Lawrence created his War Series depicting various aspects of war inspired by his own experiences serving in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.

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