Jungle Collage Inspired by Henri Rousseau

ON ARTWORK BY:  Henri Rousseau

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Surprised! Tropical Storm in the Jungle

SUBMITTED BY: Ingrid Piccirilli

Grade Level: K/1 and can be adpated to 2/3

MATERIALS:           

  • Gray square card stock (appr 8×8 or 10X10)
  • Crayola oil pastels in various shades of green, grey, and white
  • Brown construction paper or card stock
  • Fake leaves and grass
  • Images of tigers and lions downloaded and printed from the internet

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:  Have children draw tall green grass in up/down strokes on the bottom half of the paper and then give them grey to lightly draw the slanting rain and finally white to draw the lightening.

STEP 2:  Give them the pieces to be collaged one at a time.  Start with animal and tree trunks and branches (note that the trees can be made of pipe cleaners, paper stock, real branches, etc).  Have them glue the tree to one side on the top half of the page and the animal on the bottom half where the grass is drawn.

STEP 3:  Then progress to giving them the tall fake grass you have bought and the leaves.  Please remember to peel the back stem off of any fake plant material or it won’t stick.

STEP 4: Elmer’s glue works, but a lot is required so make sure to use the clear drying kind.  Allow overnight to dry before you stack the artwork for safekeeping!  You may  need to touch up a bit with a glue gun…just depends.

**Note:  A Presentation document is available on the blog for your use.  You just need to print and use on a tri fold presentation board.  Click on the link to access: Presentation doc Henri Rousseau-1

**Note: Other Project Ideas for higher grade levels can be found at:  www.incredibleart.org.  (link on sidebar) Once on the web page, go to:  FREE LESSON PLANS and pick an age group.  Then scroll down on left side to:  LESSON IDEA PAGES.  Then find Henri Rousseau in the box in the middle of the page.

A Study in Still Life Flowers

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:  Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Monet “Bouquet of Sunflowers” and Van Gogh’s “12 Sunflowers”

SUBMITTED BY:  Ingrid Piccirilli

GRADE LEVEL: 2/3 and can be adapted for K/1

MATERIALS:     

  • Thick Blue poster board cut in half
  • Crayola (or other brand) Oil Pastels, provide children with the following colors only: shades of yellow, shades of orange, brown, white for highlighting, blue and green.
  • 3 Vases (dollar store!),  9 sunflowers (buy 1-2 days before so they open), greens from the garden
  • We presented this on a tri-fold presentation board, using half to display facts on Monet and the other side for facts on Van Gogh.  We included printed images from the internet of each of the artists paintings on the board as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:  Prep by MTM Volunteer:  You will need to cut the poster board ahead of time. Additionally, it would be a good idea to paint the vases if they are clear…rustic colors best.  No need to be careful so it should take only 15 minutes.  Finally, arrange three sunflowers in each vase and insert greens you can get from your garden.  We recommend 2-3 vases as this allows you to provide the still life object throughout the room and kids don’t have to get up to see.

STEP 2:   Provide kids with their ½ piece of  blue poster board and a white, yellow, and orange (various shades) oil pastel.  Recommend they use the white first to outline their artwork, pressing very lightly and then filling in a bit.  This will make it easier to cover the blue background.  TELL THEM TO FILL THE PAGE WITH THE FLOWERS!!!

STEP 3:  After the design is somewhat sketched out, they can start using the yellows and oranges for the flowers and the greens for the stems and leaves.  Browns would be for the inner circle of the sunflower.

STEP 4: If this is for a younger grade like K/1 and even 2/3, we recommend you sketch out a “how to draw a sunflower in steps”.

**Note:  For Monet/ Van Gogh comparison you can use:  the PDF document called:  “Monet Van Gogh comparison still life” (PDF pending/ will be updating soon)

For Van Gogh only,  you can use the following Power Point presentation Van Gogh Presentation for Still Life

Starry Night

Based on: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Submitted by: Jennifer Nordyke

Grade Level: Pre-K, but can be adapted to older children

Materials:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • White Card Stock
  • Blue Paint
  • Yellow Glitter Glue
  • Plastic Combs or Forks
  • Sponge Brush

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1: Print the attached coloring page and copy it onto black construction paper.  For younger children, cut out the town scene with the flaming “tree”.
  • STEP 2: Using a sponge brush, cover the card stock with blue paint.  Instruct the children to make swirls in the paint using the combs or forks.
  • STEP 3: Help the children glue the black town scene into the bottom of the page.
  • STEP 4: Instruct the children to make swirls with the glitter glue in the sky.