My Little Street

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Using Vermeer's art piece "The Little Street" and doing a project of the buildings from our little town's Main Street.

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Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (Dutch: [joˈɦɑnəs jɑn vərˈmɪːr]; 1632 – December 1675):

Johannes , Jan or Johan Vermeer (Dutch: [joˈɦɑnəs jɑn vərˈmɪːr] ; 1632 – December 1675) Dutch Painter born in 1632 in Delft He did not make a living from his paintings possibly because he painted so few. There are just 35 are known to exist, and he produced only two or three a year. View of Delft (1660–61) "He took a turbulent reality, and made it look like Heaven on earth." [13]

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Little is known about Vermeer. For a start, we don't know what he looked like. There are no confirmed images of him. In The Art of Painting a painter sits with his back to us. We don't know if it's meant to be Vermeer or not.

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Vermeer’s paintings were often of a woman doing something: pouring milk, weighing jewels, reading a letter, playing a lute. It is not known who any of the models were. In most of the paintings the women sit or stand in the same corner, with the light source from the left, so that the shadow of Vermeer's hand did not fall onto the canvas as he was painting. The Milkmaid (c. 1658)

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Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665), considered a Vermeer masterpiece Vermeer may have used a camera obscura as he painted. A camera obscura brings some parts of a composition into focus while blurring others, as well as intensifying colors.

ANALZYE & ANECDOTE How art can help you analyze - Amy E. Herman http://youtu.be/ubEadhXWwV4:

ANALZYE & ANECDOTE How art can help you analyze - Amy E. Herman http://youtu.be/ubEadhXWwV4

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an·ec·dote [an-ik-doht] noun, plural an·ec·dotes a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature. 2. a short, obscure historical or biographical account. Today you are going to anecdote a piece of art by artist Jan Vermeer.

Name:________________________ The Little Street – Jan Vermeer:

Name:________________________ The Little Street – Jan Vermeer Use your sheet of paper and write anecdotes all around and over the art piece to capture your thoughts. See the example. I notice there is one red shutter.

Name:________________________ The Little Street – Jan Vermeer:

Name:________________________ The Little Street – Jan Vermeer In a cobblestone street are two houses with a gate opening onto the passageway between them. A woman sits in an open doorway, busy sewing; two children are playing on the stoop. Soapy water is washing down a small runnel between the paving stones - probably the woman in the passageway has just scrubbed her part of the stoop. I wonder where this street is.

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Originally there was also a second woman in the gateway, but because her figure blocked the view through the passageway, Vermeer painted her out.

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Expensive Street When Vermeer died he left no more than 34 paintings . These found their way into private collections and were 'forgotten'. In the nineteenth century Vermeer was rediscovered. His work soon became popular and prices for his paintings soared. The Little Street was in the collection of Professor Jan Six at the start of the twentieth century. Six wanted a million guilders for the painting, but in the end he received just 625,000. It was bought by a wealthy industrialist who snatched it from under the noses of French buyers. In 1921 he presented it to the Rijksmuseum. The Little Street now hangs near the three other Vermeer's in the museum: the Kitchen Maid , the Woman Reading a Letter and the Love Letter . Credits: The Rijksmuseum , Amsterdam.

We have our own little street here in our town. Discuss with your table some of the places that are on Main Street in our town.:

We have our own little street here in our town. Discuss with your table some of the places that are on Main Street in our town.

A very old photo of Main Street.:

A very old photo of Main Street.

Look carefully at the following buildings on Main Street. You will be sketching at least one of the buildings on Main Street. It is our plan to frame some of these and have them displayed on Main Street…so pick wisely. Look for those that have meaning to you or have COOL parts to them…like roof line, door, sign, awning.:

Look carefully at the following buildings on Main Street. You will be sketching at least one of the buildings on Main Street. It is our plan to frame some of these and have them displayed on Main Street…so pick wisely. Look for those that have meaning to you or have COOL parts to them…like roof line, door, sign, awning.

Use your paper and pencil. Look at the photos passed out on your tables and draw your selection of Main Street. Sketch the outline first. Remember to sketch lightly. Draw BIG and FILL THE SPACE. After you draw the outline…look for details. Analyze the building carefully.:

Use your paper and pencil. Look at the photos passed out on your tables and draw your selection of Main Street. Sketch the outline first. Remember to sketch lightly. Draw BIG and FILL THE SPACE. After you draw the outline…look for details. Analyze the building carefully.

On your own: Do some research. Use the link below. Scroll over Vermeer’s painting and find the hot spots to uncover some hidden secrets about his painting. http://www.essentialvermeer.com/catalogue/little_street.html:

On your own: Do some research. Use the link below. Scroll over Vermeer’s painting and find the hot spots to uncover some hidden secrets about his painting. http://www.essentialvermeer.com/catalogue/little_street.html

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