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The Nature of Billy Hassell

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Derek Frazier

on 18 November 2014

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Transcript of The Nature of Billy Hassell

Illuminating Nature: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper by Billy Hassell
Meet the Artist
Billy Loves Patterns
“Informed and inspired by observations of nature, my work explores patterns and some of the ways in which they occur.”
Night Shade
How many patterns can you find in this painting? There are at least 7- follow the arrow to see some of them.
Full Flower Moon
What kind of animal do you think this is?
Billy's Inspirations
All artists are inspired by someone or something. Here are some things that Billy finds interesting.
Butterflies
Yellow spots
Red spots
Purple flowers
Yellow flower centers
Leaves and stems
Circles in the background
These birds are native to Texas.
Full Flower Moon
It's a ladder-backed woodpecker!
Billy Hassell is from Dallas. He has degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He lives in Fort Worth.
Look for art in the gallery that reminds you of these things:
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Ancient Egyptian Art
This is art made in Egypt over 3000 years ago.
Hans Holbein
Hans Holbein was a German artist who lived 500 years ago. This painting is called
Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel and Starling.
Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns is an American artist, known for his paintings of everyday things. This work of art is called
Flag
, made in 1954.
This is
The Great Wave of Kanagawa,
by the Japanese artist, Hokusai. He made this print sometime around 1830.
Vocabulary to Go along with This Exhibition
Foreground
: The parts of a work that look closest to you.

Background
: The parts of a work that look farthest away.

Mid-ground
: The parts of a work between the foreground and background.

Silhouette
: The dark shape of something seen against a brighter background.

Overlap
: When one thing is in front of and partly blocks another thing.

Composition: The way a work’s elements are arranged and relate to one another.

Representational: Depicting objects, scenes, or figures as they really appear.

Rules for Visiting the Museum
Please do not touch the art. The oils and chemicals on your fingers can damage it.
Stay an arm’s length away from the art.

Please be respectful to the person leading the tour.

Please do not bring food or drinks into the galleries or classroom.

Please do not touch the pedestals, cases, or guard rails.
Please walk quietly and carefully, watching out for the art, other people, and your own safety. Remember that we share the galleries with others.

If a student is disruptive during a school tour, he or she will be asked to leave the classroom or galleries under the supervision of the accompanying educator.

Instructions for Educators
Bathrooms are conveniently located across the hallway from the classroom. Good times for bathroom breaks are upon arrival or between the gallery tour and art activity.

Please manage any behavioral issues with your students, as the tour leader will be focused on the group.

While parental involvement is encouraged, the Museum is not able to include children who are not students in your class.
If you have questions or need to arrange special accommodations, please call (903) 595-1001 to speak with an education staff member, or email us at educate@tylermuseum.org.
Enjoy your experience, and let us know how the Museum may help you in art education.

If you arrive more than ten minutes early, please remain on your bus with your students until your scheduled tour time.

Please accompany students throughout the tour. Most tours will begin in the classroom, move to the galleries, the return to the classroom for an activity.

Please limit the number of chaperones to two per class (not including the teacher).

Please divide your class into groups of no more than 13 students before you arrive. Groups will begin their tours in different galleries or the classroom.

Please arrive with your students a few minutes before your scheduled tour time at the south entrance (the main entrance, accessible from the parking lot).

Suggested TEKS Opportunities
112. Science
113.19. Social Studies
113.43. World Geography Studies
117. Fine Arts
127.3. Exploring Careers
130.82. Principles of Art

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