Master of the Month :: Egon Schiele
Every month, I introduce my students to a famous artist. I write a kid-friendly biography for each of these Masters of the Month; I display lots and lots of their artwork; and, just for fun, I draw their portraits too.
Egon Schiele was an important figurative painter from Austria. His paintings of people are known for their contorted, expressive poses. The most famous ones include Seated Woman with a Bent Knee and any of the many self-portraits that he created.
I saved this master of the month for summer time because I don't think he'd pass muster with my K-8 school's administration. In college though, Egon Schiele was a formative inspiration to me and my classmates. In my freshman sketchbooks, you can find pages and pages of pulled faces, contortionist poses, and Schiele-style self-portraits. Even now as a college visitor, I can't count how many art students adopt Schiele's style for a semester or more. His work is perfectly suited to the figure studies and exploration that go hand-in-hand in art school.