Cool After School: Hello, Fruit Face!

by Vicky on January 18, 2011

For my first Cool After School program after my holiday break, I featured the book, Hello, Fruit Face! The Paintings of Arcimboldo, by Claudia Strand.

The kids really liked the grotesque portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, and other materials.  I showed them Arcimboldo’s portrait of a librarian at the court of Rudolf II…

…and of course I could not resist showing off the edible version of The Statue of Liberty that I made quite a long time ago.

For the class, I had printed out images of various vegetables, and the kids (and at least one of the parents!) had a blast composing their grotesque self-portraits.

They came up with highly individual ideas, including pop-up elements.

I was impressed with the results!

I discovered that an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art had just closed a few days before this class.  Arcimboldo, 1526–1593: Nature and Fantasy will next be on view at the Palazzo Reale, Milan, January 27–May 8, 2011.  It features a monumental sculpture by Philip Haas of Arcimboldo’s portrait, Winter.

You can get a better idea of the scale of this monumental sculpture from this video:

For more about Arcimboldo, watch this short video from Smithsonian Magazine:

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