Abstraction: Nancy Cassell
Description:Nancy Cassell discusses the importance of landscape, nature, and place to her painting; the influence of the Surrealists and Abstract Expressionists; and the sexual nature of her subject matter. She also mentions how her childhood in Tennessee; images of creek beds, tornadoes, and orchids; and the unconventional techniques she has developed using black ink on white canvas have given her a unique method and source of visions to channel her subconscious into her work. This segment may be appropriate for more mature students.
- Use to spark a discussion about artists methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
- Use the segment in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., recalling memories from childhood).
- Use in a discussion of color. Compare Cassells palette (black and white) to Gerald Ferstmans.
- Compare and contrast the techniques and methods different artists use in their approach to the same medium, using painter profiles from Spectrum of Art and Through Artists Eyes.
- Use the segment as part of a careers in the arts unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.
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