Rothko is one of my favorites for his use of color blocking. In addition, he has a terrific painting that uses only black and gray shading, which I thought would be a perfect project for A because he loves black and gray (“they show up the best,” he says).
I loved his picture so much, I added it to our bedroom gallery wall:
It’s amazing the amount of depth it has. I told him to think about adding texture (there is a great Sesame Street episode that the boys love that discusses texture, as well) and creating dimension through it (in kid terms).
And while A was painting, J painted at the easel with watercolors:
And here are our facts about Rothko:
Born in 1903
Abstract Expressionism, Color Field
Untitled (Black and Gray)