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.

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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

Cave Art (2)

Based on:  Prehistoric Man, Lascaux Cave in France

 

Submitted by: Ingrid Piccirilli / Pandora Argue

Grade Level: 2/3

Materials:

  • Long rolls of brown paper that you can buy at any art store (same texture as brown grocery bags).
  • Black and terra cotta color charcoal sticks  (We cut up the charcoal sticks into 2 or 3 pieces to reduce cost of buying one for each child.  Also if you cannot find the charcoal sticks you can use oil pastels for the black and terra cotta, but they don’t spread as easily…)
  • White and brown oil pastels

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:  MTM Volunteer should first present the online video of the LasCaux Caves and go through the Pre Historic power point presentation so that they get a feel for the simplicity and “story telling” aspect of cave art.

    I used a power point presentation on the following website titled Prehistoric Art (there are several):

    http://earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/powerpoints/caveart.html (link on side bar)

    And the video on the LasCaux Caves on the following link:

    www.lascaux.culture.fr/

    STEP 2:  Prep Ahead:  Cut or tear the brown paper into large (20 by 15 inch piece) rectangular like shapes.  It is better if it is not a clean edge scissor cut or exact triangle.  Then roll the pieces into little balls and massage it so that when you open them up, they will appear wrinkled.

    STEP 3: Tell the kids you want them to draw using earth tone colors (only provide earth tones as they will use bright colors if they are available!)

    STEP 4: They will ask what to draw:  Keep a slide up from the Power Point presentation and use that as a guide.  Also, you can provide a large poster board of sample drawings or print outs from the internet that they can refer to.

    STEP 5:  Encourage them to take up the entire piece of paper and to have at least on very large drawing.

Layered landscape

 

Based on: The Harvesters by Pieter Brueghel

Project Idea: Borrowed from http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/layeredlandscape whom in turn borrowed idea from http://www.artsonia.com

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3

Materials:

  • Light charcoal paper
  • Crayons and/or oil pastels
  • Black sharpie
  • Pencil

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1: Students will place paper horizontally on the table. With the pencil they will draw three lines from left to right to divide the paper into four horizontal sections. A foreground, a middle ground, a background and above the horizon.

    STEP 2: Then they will draw trees starting on the lines for each ground and continuing vertically all the way to the top of the page.  Erase lines inside the trees with white eraser.

    Step 3: Students will also be encouraged to decide on a mood for their painting. Either summer, winter, spring or fall and choose their colors accordingly. They will be asked to add some details to enhance the mood of their landscape, a setting sun, a rising moon, and/or pumpkin patch or snowflakes if they wish.

     Step 4: With a sharpie, mark the lines that divide the different grounds. Erase all pencil lines that are not necessary or break through. Color your landscape with the colors that enhance your mood. Only use 3 or 4 colors per mood. Presenter may demonstrate on the Promethean board.

Circus Scene in Pointillism

Based on: “The Circus” by Georges Seurat

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3 and 4/5

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Pencil
  • Q-tips
  • Horse stencils for 2/3 (4/5 can draw their own) 
  • Black colored pencil
  • 1″ painter’s tape

Instructions: 

  • Step 1: Presenter will prepare the paper with a 1″ border of paper tape ahead of time.
  • Step 2: Students will place paper vertically on the table. Tell students that they will draw a circus tent as if you were inside of it. Use a very light touch with the pencil because all lines will be erased later. Draw a semi-circle on the bottom of the page from side to side. This area will become the foreground or the “floor” of the circus tent.  Then they will draw a small upside down semi circle on the top of the page for the top of the circus tent. From this small semi circle, they will draw diagonal lines all the way down to the bottom semicircle trying to have an even pattern.
  • Step 3: They will pick a horse stencil and gently outline the horse onto the “tent floor” as if it was performing. Then erase all the lines that are inside the horse. Use a white eraser and NOT the pencil eraser as this will damage the paper.
  • Step 4: With watercolors and Q-tips students will make dots using contrasting colors in the tent stripes. Do not let the students mix the watercolors because colors will become muddled and loose effect. Use a different Q-tip every time you change colors. Continue applying dots to all areas of tent and horse always using contrasting colors.
  • Step 5: Let dry, erase all pencil lines and use black colored pencil to add details to horse. (If there isn’t enough time, presenter may add the details to the horse later)

Totems

Based on: Northwest Native North American Tribes

Artwork Used: Personal copies of totems copied from online researched articles (4/5 curriculum covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5

Materials:

  • 2 coconuts per person
  • Assortment of seeds, berries, acorns, sticks
  • Acrylic paints (red, blue, black, yellow)
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Glue gun and/or tacky glue

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:Following the North American totem design tradition, students are instructed as follows: the top layer of the coconut should be designed to represent an animal that is meaningful to the student.  The bottom layer of the coconut totem should be designed to represent an important event or important people in the students’ life.STEP 2:Students write their names on the bottom of the coconut totem. Students first paint the two layers of the totem with the acrylic paint following the guidelines from step 1.STEP 3: (Optional): Students then glue the natural materials (seeds, sticks, acorns, etc) to add further detail to their individual totems. The glue gun works better for the heavier materials.

Cave Art

Based on: Origin of cave art by unknown artists throughout the world (parallels the 4/5 curriculum which covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5 (could be adapted to 2/3) 

Materials:

  • Pieces of natural or concrete stones (Home Depot will donate or discount broken/damaged stepping stones from their garden center),
  • colored chalk, oil pastel crayons, or colored charcoal sticks

Instructions: 

  • After the presentation, students are presented with one of two scenarios:

    OPTION 1

    If people discover your art 1,000 years from now, what would you want them to learn about you? Draw symbols, pictures, colors, numbers, and pictures to represent you.

    OPTION 2

    If you lived 10,000 years ago, draw an activity or animal that would have represented you.

    STEP 1:  Students write their name on the back of their stone.

    STEP 2:  Students draw their art on the front surface of their stones using chalk, charcoal, or oil pastel crayons

    STEP 3: (Optional:) MTM presenter sprays or paints each surface of the finished stones with polyurethane once the stones are taken home.