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#MuseumFromHome DIY - The Floating World


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  • 2 abstract paintings showing blue, orange and green  by artist Fabio Gasbarri
  • installation image of Fabio Gasbarri's The Floating World

Gabrielle Clermont | October 22, 2021

#MuseumFromHome DIY is a series from Cambridge Art Galleries with carefully curated content just for you. This time, we are exploring The Floating World, an exhibition by Fabio Gasbarri at our Preston Gallery until June 2021. Although you can't see the works in person right now, you can still be inspired by Fabio's incredible paintings, safely from home!

Fabio Gasbarri is an artist who lives in Cambridge, Ontario. He has been making art for almost 40 years.

His paintings are about water. At first, Fabio sat beside the Grand River and made many drawings of it in his sketchbook. He drew things he saw there, like the bridge that goes over the river and the birds that fly along the river's path.

Then he decided that he wanted to make paintings that showed many different things about water, all at once. He wanted to show how the sun glitters on the surface of the river, and how the waves and currents move. He wanted to paint the fish and plants that live below, too.

Instead of painting the Grand River exactly as he saw it, he used bright colours, shapes, and patterns to tell a story about water.

You can look at Fabio's paintings on our website. Use the following prompts to think about the artworks:

Look closely at the paintings. What do you see?
Can you name some of the colours and shapes? What do they make you think of?
How are the paintings different? How are they similar?

Try our online jigsaw puzzles of Fabio's paintings: Body of Water (level: easy); The Adriatic Sea (level: intermediate); Shallow Water (level: difficult).



Try making your very own Ocean In A Bottle with these step-by-step instructions!


Can you spy all of the items listed in this I Spy Game featuring Fabio's painting, All The Beasts of The Sea?


Explore more with these great resources from Idea Exchange**

The Grand River: An Aerial Journey by Carl Heibert. Enjoy gorgeous aerial photographs of the very river that inspired Fabio's work.

The Grand River: Dundalk to Lake Erie. Explore the history of the Grand River from its source to the point where it flows into Lake Erie, beginning with its formation after the last Ice Age.

Paddling the Grand River: a trip planning guide to Ontario's historic Grand River. Make your own plan to explore the Grand River with this helpful guide.

Try some of these techniques Fabio used for yourself with Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner or The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques. Younger people may enjoy Cool Painting: the Art of Creativity for Kids or Printmaking Skills Lab.

**Unlock resources with your Idea Exchange membership. Not a member yet? Sign up for your free online membership here.