My World in a box Pine grove Elementary Artists in Grades 3, 4, and 5

I never had an art lesson. I can't draw, paint, or sculpt.

Pine Grove artists learned about the artists Joseph Cornell and Linda Popp. Joseph Cornell was not a trained artist. In fact, he always said "I never had an art lesson. I can’t draw, paint, or sculpt.” Even so, he became one of the most important American artists in the twentieth century. Cornell collected materials that were interesting and meaningful to him. He saved hundreds of objects, pictures, and photographs that he later combined and arranged in small wooden boxes. When artists create works of art by grouping a collection of objects together it is called an assemblage. Cornell’s assemblage boxes sometimes had different sections, shelves, or compartments with doors. They contained objects that he found on the streets of New York City where he lived for most of his life, as well as photographs, maps, and other interesting papers. His assemblages tell stories about his memories, interests, and the beauty he found in everyday objects.

Baltimore artists Linda Popp is a retired art teacher and former Coordinator for the BCPS Office of Visual Arts. Linda uses found objects to create her sculptures. Many of her sculptures are about her family members. Each object in the sculpture is carefully chosen to represent that person and their personal story. This sculpture is about her home. Can you find her daughter, dog and garden?


"Long Walks, Springtime Talks" by Kaytee Lurz