Our Destination Imagination (high-school level) team is hard at work preparing for their 2012 challenge.
This year they must study the cultures of several countries and try to imagine how each would interact with one another. Currently they have chosen to examine French Impressionism and contrast that with African art.
For several of the team members this is their first exposure to the original paintings of the Impressionists.
The DI team members are quickly learning that the Impressionists were a radical group of artists who abandoned the realistic style of painting in favor of creating an “impression” of light and movement within the painting. This new style was dramatically different from previous painters who were constrained by efforts at realism. It was difficult for our DI team to grasp that these new painters had been thoroughly schooled in realism and were adept masters of their craft. Unlike today’s modern artists…
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