Friday, March 11, 2011

Jungle Landscapes with Henry Rousseau

I work at my children's school, LDV, with the Art Link program. We were asked by the Cheetah Wildlife Foundation to create works of art to be on display and sold at  well-known gallery here in Sacramento. 
Here is the lesson plan idea we used during the two Open Studio events:

To have a landscape you have a horizon line
The horizon line separates the earth from the sky. The line is horizontal and usually the middle of the page. It is not always straight.
Foreground: bottom of your paper things are brightly colored, big and details
Middle ground: middle of the paper less detail, smaller and less colored
Background: Top of the page no detail, small and dull color
Henri Rousseau 
French artist
He was a self taught artist who often painted images of jungle scenes and animals. 
His work was usually bright and colorful 
He took up painting as a hobby and accepted early retirement in 1893 so he could devote himself to art.
He is part of the Post impressionists.
He showed his extraordinary ability to retain the utter freshness of his vision even when working on a large scale and with loving attention to detail
He is best know for his Sleeping Gypsy painting of 1897.
PROJECT: Create a Rousseau Style painting for wildlife foundation
Step1: grab your matte board and pencil
Step2: LIGHTLY draw your jungle scene. Be sure to include an animal, plants, and a tree
Thin about where to draw each Your cheetah could be in your foreground
or middle ground but to be in the background he would have to be 
where? up in a tree
Plants should be everywhere. Large in the front and small in the back
Step3: decide what materials you will use in the artwork
watercolors and oil pastels
tempura paint
Step4: think about what colors you want where and begin to apply them
Step5: continue until you feel the work is complete.
MATERIALS: watercolor
tempura paint
oil pastels

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