TAG: Theodore Waddell

Theodore Waddell, Motherwell’s Angus, 1994. Oil paint on canvas. Denver Art Museum; Gift of Barbara J. and James R. Hartley.
Art Exploration

Tinker with Mark Making Tools

Using uncommon painting tools allow children creativity and a choice when determining what and how to create their artwork.  

Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.

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The Cool Colors of Snow
Lesson Plan

The Cool Colors of Snow

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 60 minute lesson

Students explore what is meant by warm and cool colors and apply what they learn to Theodore Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus. They will also explore the idea that snow is really white, but in the painting, Waddell uses different colors to create the snow.

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Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems
Lesson Plan

Order and Chaos – from Painting to Poems

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Students will learn about ideas of order, chaos, pattern, and variation in poetry. They will then use Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus to discuss these ideas. The painting will serve as inspiration for the students as they write both traditional and free form poems.

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An Imaginary Romp in the Snow
Lesson Plan

An Imaginary Romp in the Snow

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Through an examination of Theodore Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus, students will look at colors to understand how artists use them to create sensations and help portray shapes. They will then imagine they are in the painting and write a creative piece about what they experience.

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Where to Look?
Lesson Plan

Where to Look?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Students learn about the idea of a focal point through Waddell’s painting Motherwell’s Angus. They will have a chance to talk about the methods Waddell uses to establish multiple focal points and sketch out how changing these elements would change the overall feel of the painting.

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Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus
Exhibition

Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus

May 20, 2012–Dec 2, 2012

Theodore Waddell arrived in New York in the early 1960s, only a short decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still dominated the art world. Gleaning elements from this art movement, Waddell returned home to his native Montana and created works of nearly abstract backgrounds that suggest the landscape. By painting figures that symbolized cattle in snow-filled backgrounds, the painter walks the line of abstraction and realism. More