Art 1 – Carnival of the Animals, Chagall, and Poetic Imagination (in-class project)


This week in class, you will begin a Chagall-inspired color pencil/chalk pastel piece to submit for display at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (front lobby). The Santa Cruz Symphony and Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony will be performing a family concert, “Carnival of the Animals” 2pm Sunday January 29th. Project is due at the end of class Friday, January 20th.

Santa Cruz Symphony

View the gallery:

Listen to the 1-minute audio:

I and the Village audio

Study the painting “I and the Village” (1911). Observe how Chagall arranged line, color, and space to evoke a lyrical, dream-like scene. What artistic devices (composition, perspective, juxtaposition) do you notice in Chagall’s many paintings that demonstrate poetic imagination?

In preparation for this project, develop a series of sketchbook drawings with ideas generated by Chagall’s imagery.

Your sketches should feature characters, musical instruments, and settings inspired by Charles-Camille Saint-Saens’ concert, Carnival of the Animals.

Listen to music selections:

Aquarium, Carnival of the Animals

Paul Klee, Fish Magic (1925)



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