Memorial Day Art

05/23/2015

 
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At Orange Easel we believe that art has a place at all holidays.  Working through themes and representing seasonal subject matters is more than just about making something pretty to hang up.  

It's a way to process history.  It's an opportunity to talk about our world.  It's a chance to express our feelings (or find them).  

For children AND adults.
This Memorial Day, celebrate--honor--remember those who fought bravely through ART.  From red, white, and blue paint to poppy-inspired sculpture, we've got a collection of ideas on our Pinterest board to get to you started:

Why Red Poppies?

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
 


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