Monday, February 6, 2012

4th grade Cezanne Inspired Still Lifes

This is one of my all time favorite projects and this happens to be only the second time I have taught it. My 4th graders packed in a lot of learning while creating these magnificent pieces of art!!

Day #1, we discussed "still life" and the kids created their background paper--the wall incorporated an intermediate color and the wooden tabletop was all about visual texture.

Day #2, students practiced drawing three still life objects: an apple, a bowl and a vase. When confident, they drew them onto colored pieces of construction paper and traced with a fine brush and black paint.

Day #3, we contrasted several works by Paul Cezanne and learned about analogous colors. Using the color of construction paper that each object was painted onto as a starting point, students blended two colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. A highlight was added and black construction paper shadows tucked underneath each object for that extra realistic touch! Several students had a great time cutting slits in the bowl in order to make the apple appear inside the form.

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