Elements of Art Deco Power Point

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A great pre-visit program before bringing your class to Smith-McDowell House for the Daniel Ellington Art Deco exhibit

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Elements of Art Deco:

Elements of Art Deco Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s. It flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. (Wikipedia) Art Deco is a statement of twentieth century modernity and technological progress. (American Deco) Art Deco is one of the few styles of architecture that most Americans can easily identify. Art Deco structures are frequently city and county buildings, libraries and theaters and many are on national, state and local historic registries. Let’s look first at how ‘modern’ technology was used in design elements of Art Deco buildings.

METAL:

METAL In the early twentieth century, metal offered new potential, as new alloys could be cast , extruded , welded , riveted , rolled and drawn . 1 2 3

CONCRETE:

CONCRETE Cast concrete was the perfect medium for architectural ornamentation of buildings. It was an ideal replacement for hand-carved bas relief and for geometric designs because molds could be used and then discarded after multiple use. 1 2 3 4

TERRA-COTTA:

TERRA-COTTA Terra-cotta is a cast-clay product and was another relatively inexpensive decorative option and also offered possibilities for the use of color. 1 2 3 4

MOSAIC:

MOSAIC Glass and tile mosaics as art deco ornament was influenced by an earlier artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany , who created stunning effects by varying tone and color. Artists of the Art Deco style used various techniques with glass and terra-cottta mosaics, often using the grout between the pieces as an artistic element. 1 2 3

GLASS, WOOD AND STONE:

GLASS, WOOD AND STONE While using new and revised techniques for these materials, artists combined them in an eclectic way, creating exciting designs and effects. Years later, artist Edgar Miller was asked what these complex combinations were about. “Fun”, he replied. “Having fun.” Many of the Art Deco designs are influenced by Native American and Mayan culture, nature, mythology and ancient Egyptian and middle Eastern designs and history. Others use geometric shapes and color. 1 2 3 4

Can you find Art Deco elements in these examples?:

Can you find Art Deco elements in these examples? 1 2 3

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Let’s look at some buildings…:

Let’s look at some buildings… 1 1 2 3 4 FYI… these are in Asheville and were designed by Douglas Ellington.

What elements of Art Deco do you see?:

What elements of Art Deco do you see? 1 2 3 4 5

Even clothing and objects reflect the Art Deco style:

Even clothing and objects reflect the Art Deco style

Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect:

Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect Douglas Ellington designed and completed four major Art Deco style structures in Asheville during the 1920s and 1930s. This style has defined the city for many years. You will learn about him at the exhibit at the Asheville History Center at Smith-McDowell House when you come on your tour. You will use a scavenger hunt style to lead you through the photographs, text and objects in the exhibit.

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