Monday, October 29, 2012

Rousseau inspired Jungle Paintings

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I've gotten a bit behind in my recaps of our coop art classes.  This project was from two weeks ago.  We looked at the art of French artist Henri Rousseau.  The assignment was to paint your own interpretation of a jungle after looking at the Rousseau jungles.  We focused on:

Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!), image source Wikipedia

Exotic Landscape, Fight between Gorilla and Indian

We talked about the concepts of foreground, midground and background as well as the importance of a horizon line in landscapes.  There was a lot of variety to their interpretations with a night scene, tigers, and even a volcanic eruption.
  For more information and fun about Rousseau:

  • See all Rousseau's works online.

  • You can create your own Rousseau inspired jungle online if virtual painting is more your style.  Visit the National Gallery of Art's Kids page to play.

  • For a great kid's eye view of the painting Surprised, here's a fun video at NickJr.


Capri + 3--Theresa said...

Your co-op art classes sound like a lot of fun. That is a great idea to teach about famous artists by having students try out their style in their own work.

Savannah @ HammockTracks said...

What a wonderful post. I am very bad about remembering to include art in our home schooling. This is an inspiration for me. Please consider adding it to the home school resource - Look What We Did!

toady mama said...

Savannah - I did that. Thanks for the invite!

Andie Jaye said...

what a wonderful way to explore a master's paintings. thanks so much for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

Carrie said...

Oh,how fun!! I love the paintings. Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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