Art History

In third grade, students have the opportunity to look through several hundred art prints, many collected by Mrs. McCurdy from museums or old calendars. Approximately once every two weeks, a student gets to pick a favorite print and tell classmates the name of the artwork and the artist. That print is then displayed for a week. After about three weeks, we start displaying the prints on the board without titles or artist names and students must match titles and names to the prints. It is a fun activity and gets quite challenging toward the end of the year when we have over 20 prints on the board!

Look below for our students' choices! We'll begin with one of Mrs. McCurdy's favorite artists, Maxfield Parrish.

Riverbank Autumn by Maxfield Parrish 

About Maxfield Parrish 

Maxfield Parrish was born July 25, 1870 in Philadelphia. His father was famous etcher and landscape painter. He taught Maxfield all he knew about art. In 1884 to 1886 his parents took him through Europe to see the great museums. While he was there he learned everything around him from the architecture and music to the machinery and nature. Back home, Maxfield Parrish went to art school where he met his future wife Lydia Austin. They had four children.Maxfield’s artwork was very popular and much of his work began to appear in many magazines (Collier's, Ladies Home Journal, Hearst, Harpers Bazaar, Life, Scribners, and Century. He also did illustrations for children's books. As he became more popular, Maxfield Parrish prints, calendars, greeting cards, and many other items were in high demand. He spent the last thirty years of his life painting landscapes. In 1961, at ninety-one, he stopped painting because of ill health. He died in 1966 at the age of ninety-five.