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!
I thought I would usher in Christmas at the studio by reading this great little book "A Bucket of Blessings". While it is not a Christmas story it certainly has some beautiful lessons that tie in well with the season of giving.
In the story they see that one person ( or monkey ha ha) can make a big difference just by doing something relatively small and it also underscores that you can find great joy in helping others. Of course, the colours are vibrant and the pictures appear textured so it is very visually appealing.
They created the peacock from the story using a collage technique which they approached in the manner of a puzzle! Lots of fun and lots of learning and the art isn't too shabby either!
So today we finished off our collages and wrote a greeting inside our cards and we also worked on a little surprise that I had up my sleeve! The Doodlebugs painted some little clay pots to add to their Mother's Day gift!
All I did was put the pots in front of them with the paints and told them to make them pretty for mummy so you each have a unique pot complete with seeds made by the hands of your little darlings.
Happy Mother's Day!
For the first part of this lesson see here.
For Mother's Day this year the Doodlebugs are working hard on making a gorgeous little flower pot collage. We're making all the elements from scratch so this one will take more than one session but I know that you know it will be worth the wait!
Today they are mottling the background for our art piece and prepping the parts of the flower... so of course we're also learning as we go. So they're naming the parts, petals, stem, leaf, seeds! We're not showing roots in this art piece but they know they're there :)
Take a look at our progress... but Mummies please you're only getting a sneak peek because I don't want to spoil the 'surprise' ;)
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The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous so I knew my Doodlebugs would enjoy recreating these little birds using our painted paper from last week!
The story tells of a little girl and her father waiting for cherries to grow on their tree so they could make a delicious pie. It describes the stages the tree goes through and it is told in a wonderful rhythmic voice :)
After listening and looking at the pictures they were given bird templates and told to make a picture of a bird on a cherry tree branch.
Collage art is always a hit with my Doodlebugs because they get to do two of the things they love most in the world... cut and stick! Cutting is especially important for some key reasons:
Aren't these Doodlebugs precious? Take a look and see what I mean.
Now that we all know what a habitat is and have them painted and ready for their occupants, it's time to draw out the animals that are going to live in these habitats!
For this part the Picassos drew their animals on a piece of white paper and painted them in. They cut them out and stuck them into place. Of course they could choose to draw one animal or several and position across the piece.
Voila! Gorgeous animals in their habitats!
I'm so proud of these young artists because a lot of factors came into play. They had to make decisions about composition, they also had to mix colours and of course focus on perspective to make their animals look in proportion to their habitat. Congrats Picassos! Job well done :)
For the other parts of this lesson see below
Today we worked a little science into our art class! We talked about what makes a habitat a home. The Picassos were asked to choose an animal to research so this video is our jumping off point for our discussion.
Our task today is simply to choose a habitat and really focus on what it looks like and then sketch a scene from that habitat. The art concepts highlighted today are again perspective... looking at the foreground, middle ground and background of our piece. Also paying attention to scale and placement. The Picassos are also going to get to stretch their creative muscles as they come up with their compositions all on their own... no sample piece to look at today... only their understanding of what will be found in their habitat.
This lesson will take my Picassos a few sessions but it promises to be extremely fun in the best way possible! We'll all be learning as we create our beautiful pieces of art.
What is it about stamping that little children love so much? The Doodlebugs went to town this afternoon stamping some gorgeous flowers and decorating their own personalized flower pots! Take a look at their colourful creations!
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 :)