Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Matisse Still Life

I think that Henri Matisse (our inspiration) would be impressed with these first graders' use of color and pattern. I know I am :) The French artist Matisse was labeled a Fauve (wild beast) because of his expressive use of color and pattern.
The Purple Robe, 1937

We looked at several of Matisse's still life artworks and noticed if he used mostly primary or secondary colors. We studied how to mix to make the secondary colors and how white is used to make colors lighter. The background was painted first using tempera cakes while the subject was painted using liquid tempera. Oil pastels (always a crowd pleaser) were used to add details and finishing touches. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Storybook Inspiration

In the spirit of the day which started with our annual Storybook Character Day Parade, I will share with you some of our "wild things" inspired by the Maurice Sendak classic. Kindergarten students worked on using line, shape, color and filling the space. Along with these elements of art, we even threw in a few references to pattern and details. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

When Pigasso Met Mootisse

The title may be a bit misleading if you are familiar with the book by the same title (and you are seeing a rooster.) 

Second grade has been studying the work of Pablo Picasso while first grade has been studying the work of Henri Matisse.

We studied works of Picasso and even watched a video of him drawing. We watched his flowers change and transform and even had a few chuckles over some of his Cubist works. Having created over 26,000 works of art, it is interesting to see how his art also changed over his long career. We were inspired by the colors and patterns of his rooster art and painted and printed to create depth and details. Oil pastels were used for the finishing touches.

Having studied the color wheel and how artist use it to organize colors, we viewed several of Matisse's still life paintings. We looked to see how he used color in expressive ways and not necessarily to copy real life. We did the same :) We are using tempera cakes for the background and liquid tempera for the subject. Students are mixing colors directly on their papers. I am still deciding (or might give the option) if we should finish with oil pastels.

These examples are in progress but give you an idea of where we are going with color, especially the last one which is a bit farther along in the process.