Magazine article Arts & Activities

A&A Art Print: Respond and Connect: Tom Thomson. Autumn Foliage, 1915

Magazine article Arts & Activities

A&A Art Print: Respond and Connect: Tom Thomson. Autumn Foliage, 1915

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"... the. maples are about all stripped of leaves now, but the birches are very rich in colour. We are all working away but the best I can do does not do the place much justice in the way of beauty. "

Tom Thomson

MAIN VISUAL ART CONCEPTS: Color * Shape * Scale * Proportion * Contrast * Perspective

ART TECHNIQUE:

Thomson uses shapes of leaves to form the rough shapes of entire trees. What is usually small, appears large. His design is helped by the placement of pines among the deciduous trees. Many pines appear to be capped in warm colors.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

A memorial plaque created by Thomson's friends is truly eloquent. Excerpts include, "To the memory of Tom Thomson, artist, woodsman and guide ... He lived humbly but passionately with the wild.... brother to all untamed things of nature ... It sent him out from the woods only to show these revelations through his art and it took him to itself at last." Tributes can be made to the living, as well. Ask students to write a five-sentence poetic tribute about someone they admire.

ART HISTORY: At the turn of the century, various artistic movements were in transition: Impressionism, post-impressionism, Modernism and Expressionism. In this piece, Thomson seems to have "borrowed" some of the vocabulary from each style.

GEOLOGY: The Friends of Algonquin Provincial Park have identified the following geologic characteristics: Eskers, kettles, kame moraines, terraces, drumlins, deltas, outwash plains, sand dunes, beach ridges, meltwater channels, boulder deposits, a kame-moraine complex, a fault canyon, a meteorite crater, striations, and crescentic scars. …

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