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"Famille d'oiseleurs"
Joan Miró

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: April 19, 2006
Latest Update: April 19, 2006

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GuruNet had a delightful example of Joan Miró's art this morning. I thought it would make a great card: Thumbnail of Joan Miró's Famille d'oiseleurs Because our primary use and objective is educational, it's ok to use the thumb nail (small version) of the "Famille d'oiseleurs." But you may not use the large version, especially for any personal profit, as it is copyright protected. It's available as a poster through a link on GuruNet, which has now become answer.com:http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp to Item #: 339274 . 'Tis a fast-paced world we live in. jeanne

Instructions

Structural Elements

Decorations:

  • a color copy of the picture of Miró's "Family of Bird Catchers" to run through jeanne's or Susan's Xyron machine to put adhesive on the back.
  • An image for the back of the book mark, adhesive backing.
  • A sticker identifying your school program, adhesive backing.
  • And you may want to stamp backgrounds or embellishments of your own.

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Miro's image and title pasted on book mark . . Back image for CSUDH . . Miro's title in French . . Back image for UWP

Discussion Questions

  1. What's a "oiseleur?"

    "Oiseleur" is a French word for "bird-catcher" or "bird-trapper." Today the term is used in the name of a Canadian organization: "The Fondation Les oiseleurs du Québec was formed as a non-profit organization in 1986 to address concerns about environmental preservation in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Since 1996 the Fondation Les oiseleurs du Québec has been working, in cooperation with the Canadian Wildlife Service and local municipalities on defining, developing and protecting 'green' corridors to connect private wood lots. These eco-corridors are crucial for the preservation of forest dependant bird populations, by allowing safe pathways between isolated fragments of forest cover." This is an interesting correlation because when I was in Chaang Mai, Thailand, visiting a temple, I was offered a small cage with two little birds in it. I was told that if I set them free it would bring me good luck. I was so eager to set them free that by the time I received the cage, the birds had mysteriously multiplied to an entire family, as had the price. But it was still a wonderful experience, and well worth the minor cost. I wish we'd introduce the custom here. Obviously, the little birds are trained to fly home so they can be released again. But for a city-dweller, the effect was formidable. I thought of these people as the bird-catchers, never knowing there was a formal word for that.

    So a book mark with this thumb-nail (small) image would be good to share with your friends and neighbors on how we are trying to protect our environment, and how it feels to set things, especially creature-things, free. jeanne

    Who's Jona Miró?

    "Spotlight: Abstract painter and sculptor Joan Miró was born on this date in 1893. A practitioner of surrealist automatism, Miró did not call himself a surrealist; this allowed him to experiment freely with different media. He created collages and tapestries, painted murals for hotels in New York and Cincinnati and created ceramic decorations for the UNESCO buildings in Paris. Quote: "The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness." – Joan Miró" From GuruNet

    Oh, and by the way, check out Google's new logo:

    Does the artwork look like that of an artist you now know? No, it wasn't done by Miró. But "in the manner of Miró." This isn't a major point of your liberal arts education. But when you recognize code words and code pictures, there's a certain satisfaction of "I know, I know, I know who that is." It helps us feel a part of our culture. And when we help our young people recognize such codes in our own culture, we're sharing more than just codes; we're sharing our sense of community with one another.

    Another artist I hope some of you will want to share this way is Keith Haring. More about him later.

  2. What other artists might you like to feature? Artists from your ethnic group, artists who tell stories of your culture?

    What about Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden? Names our children ought to know and whose work they ought to recognize. What about Keith Haring?

References:

  • GuruNet Questia Edition: "Famille d'oiseleurs," View Poster : http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp Spotlight: Abstract painter and sculptor Joan Miró was born on this date in 1893. A practitioner of surrealist automatism, Miró did not call himself a surrealist; this allowed him to experiment freely with different media. He created collages and tapestries, painted murals for hotels in New York and Cincinnati and created ceramic decorations for the UNESCO buildings in Paris. Quote: "The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness." – Joan Miró

  • Sorbier des Oiseleurs A plant whose name contains "oiseleurs," at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I went back to see what was offered. Beautiful garden scenes. Might be nice to take a walk-through at exam time. Very calming. jeanne



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