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Activity

Calm Collages

Collages inspired by Granville Redmond’s nighttime compositions.

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Docent Introduction
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Inspiration

Dots of Color

A significant amount of Granville Redmond’s paintings were of dark nighttime scenes with the moon shining bright. Oftentimes they were created using different tones of just one color and were described as being tonalist. Tonalism was an artistic style that emerged in the 1880s when American artists began to paint landscape forms with an overall tone of colored atmosphere. Between 1880 and 1915, dark, neutral hues such as gray, brown, or blue often dominated compositions by artists associated with the style. Some describe these paintings as emphasizing mood and shadow.

Granville Redmond, Untitled, Moonlight Marsh Scene, The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine
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Instructions

Make It Your Own

  • Be inspired by the nighttime paintings of Granville Redmond.
  • Notice how he depicted the glow of the moon. Notice how many tones of one color that he used. Notice what your mood is when you look at his paintings.
  • Create a collage using muted tones that create a nighttime scene.
  • You can use construction paper, origami paper, wrapping paper, recycled painted paper, magazines, or even newspaper clippings.
  • Rip or cut your paper into small shapes and then glue them down onto black cardstock to create a calm collage.
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