In our last class the Doodlebugs stamped some flowers for the beginning of our interpretation of the artist Rousseau in the Paris Botanical Gardens! This week they drew in the structure of the garden greenhouse as we talked about why this building is made of glass and steel and they also cut out some flowers to decorate their borders!
Last week the Picassos followed in the footsteps of Post-Impressionist artist Henri Rousseau and created some beautiful jungle scenes. This week watch as they bring these jungle scenes to completion using a variety of different techniques and take in their animals!
Point of Note:
Rousseau painted a variety of 'zoo animals' in his jungle scenes because he never actually left Paris and created his paintings from his research at the zoo and the botanical gardens... so the children are aware for instance that a giraffe's habitat is actually the savanna! LOL
Artist Henri Rousseau painted lively jungle scenes, but he actually never traveled outside his home city of Paris, France and friends there are no tropical jungles there! So how did Rousseau come up with the scenes for his paintings? Well, he visited the Paris Botanical Gardens and embellished what he saw using his very wild imagination!
Today the Doodlebugs started creating our version of what Rousseau might have seen on one of his visits. They sponge painted some flowers and leaves today and we talked about what a greenhouse is and what it is used for as well as how it is different from the jungle!
Next week we will add the greenhouse gates and some more plants to make our Rousseau piece complete!
From contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig we're moving to 19th Century Post Impressionist artist Henri Rosseau! Rosseau was a self-taught artist who became famous for his jungle scenes. All his artwork was created from his imagination because he never actually left his home of Paris France.
The children started creating their leafy backgrounds today using a combination of techniques. They learnt all about positive and negative space and created their own stencils, they sponge painted for texture and also drew and collaged some leafy foliage to give their jungle scenes some depth. Next week they will finish off their backgrounds and our jungle inhabitants will move in, so stay tuned you don't want to miss that!
This adorable little book celebrates the creative process with simple but powerful descriptions and really beautiful illustrations. Marisol is at first worried that she won't be able to paint the sky because she has no blue paint, but then she discovers that the sky can be almost any colour depending on when you look up! After hearing the story the Doodlebugs really understood that the sky doesn't have to be blue and then we talked about what kinds of colours we might use to paint the sky!
Then they got down to creating their watercolour skies which turned out really quite beautiful. They also drew and coloured a picture of themselves arms outstretched and cut and stuck it onto the background to mimic the last picture in the book!
Last week the Picassos started their abstract portraits inspired by contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig and this week they're adding lots of colour, line and pattern to make those portraits really pop!
They are also getting some practice using analagous (colours next to each other on the colour wheel) colour schemes and working with chalk pastels!
To see the first part of this project -> Silberzweig Portraits
This week the Picassos looked at the work of contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig (and incidentally learned that this just means she is still alive and creating art today, in our time). She's from Canada and loves to create colourful abstract portraits, but what's also very interesting about her is just like Kandinsky who we met last term, she also has the condition synesthesia! She wrote the following verse about how she experiences colour...
I am a synesthesia goddess
The children looked at some of her art pieces and we talked about how she uses the Elements of Art to enhance her creations!
They got starting drawing out their abstract faces today and then outlining them with glue... next week they will add colour and pattern and complete their lovely designs!
My doodlebugs are between the ages of 4 1/2 and 6 so it goes without saying that they jump at any chance they get to move and shake! We don't usually start art class with a dance but today was a class with a difference! They listened to this catchy little sing a story called The Really Silly Robot and they all got up and tried to do the wiggle, squiggle, shake, shake! It was hilarious LOL.
Then we discussed the parts we need to make a robot, namely a head, body, arms and legs. Now some of them are great with shapes and some need a little reminder but they all loved creating these crazy shape robots!They all created a dancing robot but we approached it differently according to their age. My 4 and 5 year olds traced and cut out their robot part and really worked those fine motor skills, while my 6 year olds drew their robots and we discussed the shapes they could choose from and how to position arms etc to make the robot look like it was moving and shaking lol! Check them out as they piece together their robots and learn all about shapes in the process!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)