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"Artzy" Art during World War II


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Lesson 5--Station Information Sheets

Station 1

Who is Boris Artzybasheff?

(Information Sheet)

 

Follow the directions on your sheet to navigate through the web sites about Boris Artzybasheff to get the information you need.

 

Start by going to the web site

http://www.bpib.com/artzybas.htm

 


 

This is a picture of Boris Artzybasheff.  You should see this on the second web site you visit.


 

 

 

 

Station 2

Other Artzybasheff Advertisements

during World War II

(Information Sheet)

 

 

At this station you should have a copy of the six Artzybasheff WWII advertisements.  Also the advertisement form life magazine which contains one of the Artzybasheff images should be at this station. 

 

Artzybasheff was an illustrator for advertisements during World War II. After 1940, he devoted himself to commercial art. He was also an expert advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Psychological Warfare Branch during WWII.   These are advertisements that appeared in Life magazine. 

 

During WWII companies received a tax break if they included images in their advertisements that included references to the war effort.

 

You also need to know what the word anthropomorphic means. 

·        Anthropomorphic

Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.  {Source:  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.  Fourth Edition.  Houghton Miffin Company.  2000 – provided by Dictionary.com}

 

 

Use these images to answer the questions on your ‘student scavenger hunt sheet’.


 

Station 3

Other Artzybasheff Advertisements

post World War II

(Information Sheet)

 

At this station you should have a copy of the six Artzybasheff post WWII advertisements.

These advertisements are for different companies and are after the war yet there are some similarities in the style of the artwork.

 

An inventive and adaptable artist, he was known for illustrations of processes for engineering.  His drawings are very unique and interesting.  Look very closely at these images.  Look at the titles and see if you see a relationship between the image and the title.

 

 

You also need to know what the word anthropomorphic means. 

·        Anthropomorphic

Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.  {Source:  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.  Fourth Edition.  Houghton Miffin Company.  2000 – provided by Dictionary.com}

 

 

Use these images to answer the questions on your ‘student scavenger hunt sheet’


 

Station 4

Artzybasheff’s

Time Magazine Covers

(Information Sheet)

 

Artzybasheff has a wide range of artistic ability.  In the sampling of Time magazine covers you can see this range.  Some of these covers look extremely realistic and other are almost cartoon like.

 

Artzybasheff was an illustrator for the cover of time magazine from the mid 30’s until he died in 1965.  Today he is best known for those covers but his other images are gaining in popularity.  Time magazine was not the only magazine he illustrated covers for.  He also did covers for Fortune magazine and some others.

 

 

You also need to know what the word anthropomorphic means. 

·        Anthropomorphic

Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.  {Source:  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.  Fourth Edition.  Houghton Miffin Company.  2000 – provided by Dictionary.com}

 

 

Use these images to answer the questions on your ‘student scavenger hunt sheet’


 

Station 5

Artzybasheff’s

Book Illustrations

(Information Sheet)

 

Artzybasheff illustrated close to 50 books and he wrote almost all of them.  Some of the books he illustrated include:

 

A Book of Aesop’s Fables

As I see (A book he also wrote.)

Neurotica (A book he also wrote.)

Three and The Moon (1929), a collection of legends from Normandy, Provence, and

Brittany.

A book he illustrated, Dhan Mukerji's Gay Neck, was awarded the Newbery Medal in

1928.

Feats on the Fiord

 

 

Included at this station are some of the ilustrations he drew.  Look at them closely.

 

 

You also need to know what the word anthropomorphic means. 

·        Anthropomorphic

Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.  {Source:  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.  Fourth Edition.  Houghton Miffin Company.  2000 – provided by Dictionary.com}

 

 

Use these images to answer the questions on your ‘student scavenger hunt sheet’