Fourth Graders learned about the American painter Grant Wood. While many artists of the early 20th century were interested in post-impressionism and European Abstraction , Wood helped pioneer a new style of painting called Regionalism. Artists working in this style investigated themes related to rural America, and as such, many of Wood’s paintings feature his home state of Iowa.
Using Wood’s paintings as inspiration, students created cut paper collages. First, we painted our own paper, using special tools to add texture. We discussed the importance of a foreground, middle ground, and background. Then we used this information as we layered our painted paper, creating rolling hills and structures of various sizes.