Cezanne at the Beach

Explore the San Mateo coastline while studying Cezanne. Understanding a wide-range of artists work helps young artists see their world differently. Known for landscapes, Cezanne has a way of creating memorable landscapes with strong shapes and designs. Children view his paintings, and as they explore, begin to explore the world using his techniques. There is plenty of room for personal expression and time to paint in nature.  

  • Monday--Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
  • Tuesday--Pescadero Marsh
  • Wednesday--Butano State Park
  • Thursday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
  • Friday--Central Park San Mateo

Monday--Fitzgerald Marine Reserves.   Just beneath the surface of the water lies a world of color, movement, and beauty. As we explore the tide-pools we will learn about this movable and lively environment. In the afternoon, we will have time to paint in the vibrant style of Cezanne. We will view several seascapes done by Vincent as we become familiar with his style of swirling colors in combination and pops of color in unexpected places. A blissful day of the beach, we will have time to run across the wide sandy beaches, collect shells, and splash in the waves.

Tuesday--Pescadero Beach and Marsh for a fun day of building sand castles, driftwood forts, and climbing trees.   Pescadero Beach, a wide and sandy beach, is the perfect place to build driftwood forts, sand castles, climb a tree, and paint. As we explore the trails, we will see great blue herons, egrets, swooping terns, and even a bird condo where birds nest during the spring and summer months. If we are lucky, and our eyes are keen, we may even see a tree frog resting on the spiky leaves of a blackberry briar, and if they are ripe and juicy, eat a few wild blackberries. Beneath the waters, we may see a gleaming steelhead hunting in the marsh. We will have time to work on new canvas' or to continue working on work began the previous day. The swirling patterns found in driftwood are the perfect compliment to Cezanne's textured canvas'.

Wednesday--Butano State Park--Groves of ancient redwood trees tower above us. How did they get to be so tall? How have they survived through the ages? In the morning, if we are lucky, the last bits of wispy fog will still be present in the forest. This vital moisture is the key to the success of these amazing trees that have survived through the ages. Active explorers learn about how fragile the environment is by seeing these magnificent trees up close.  Viewing the texture of the bark, our artists begin to understand how the textures found in nature often acted as inspiration for Cezanne, and how the bright light or low lights change the mood of a picture. 

Thursday--Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse--Blissful beaches are places of beauty and creativity. Spending the day on this beautiful beach, children will work on how to compose a picture with foreground elements and backgrounds. The Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse offers dramatic views of the old lighthouse and the expansive coastline. We will have plenty of time to explore the beaches, learn about the lighthouses uses and imagine boats avoiding the rocky reefs in the 1800's. 

Friday--Central Park's Japanese Garden and Rose Garden. Roses of many hues, a pond filled with carp, and arching Japanese bridges are the backdrop for our leisurely park day filled with painting, feeling fish, and exploring the beautifully intricate Japanese garden.  This is a perfect day to complete work as well as do detailed pictures of vibrant roses. 

How many birds do I want on my t-shirt? That is the question.

How many birds do I want on my t-shirt? That is the question.

Did you know blackberries stain your face purple?

Did you know blackberries stain your face purple?

When you paint outside the colors are brighter.

When you paint outside the colors are brighter.