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Expressionism: Figurative Art



Recalling his experiences working on the railroad, as well as images of his family and other important figures, Louisville artist Mark Priest discusses his large compositions, which passionately reflect, through dramatic lines and colors, intense moments of internal expression. His influences include the dramatic works of Michelangelo as well as Priest’s mentor and friend, Henry Chodkowski, whose encouragement helped the young painter continue his development as an artist. Priest also talks about the importance of developing a composition and the methods he uses to “put the viewer in the painting.”

Suggested Uses:

  • Use the segment 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., painting a life-sized mural).
  • 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 with the other “Expressionism” segments to develop a definition of expressionism.
  • 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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