Thursday, February 23, 2012

Discussion: Monochromatic? What does this big word mean?
It means one color, That seems boring? 
What would a one color painting look like? 
Show examples, Show Matisse’s Red Studio
How would this room feel to be inside? 
What would you touch if you were there?
Would the room feel BIG or small? 
What does the color red make us feel? 
Would you feel like that if you were there?
Does Matisse have any items in color here? Why? 
ARTIST: Henri Matisse 1869-1954
French Painter,
Studied law until he was 21
His Mother gave him a paint box after surgery and he discovered painting
He attended drawing classes before work; at lunch he would paint. After work he would paint till night fell. 
In 1891 set off for Paris to study
Matisse’s studies ultimately lead him to his love of line, shape and color. 
Matisse’s greatest influence had been the work of the artist Cezanne (1839 – 1906, French). 
In the 1950‘s, Matisse began creating paintings using paint and paper cut outs. 
Matisse continued to paint even after he was ill, this time on the walls of his room, using a piece of charcoal attached to the end of a bamboo pole. 
He painted until his death in 1954. 
Matisse had strong feelings about only one thing, the act of painting. 
The purpose of these pictures, he always asserted, was to give pleasure. 
For Matisse, painting was the rhythmic arrangement of line and color on a flat plane. 
He had created the technique of striking contrasts, unmixed hues, flat planes of color (similar to Gauguin, 1848 – 1903, French) 
Expressive brush strokes (similar to Van Gogh, 1853 – 1890, Dutch). 
Light was expressed, not in the method of the Impressionists, but with a harmony of intensely covered surfaces. 
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PROJECT: Create your favorite room in monochromatic
Step1: Pick a room in your house that is your favorite
Step2: use a white oil pastel and draw several items from your fav. Room
Step3: if one or more items in your room have an important color, fill it in
Step4: Paint your whole paper with red paint to reveal your room
Oil pastels 
red liquid water color
watercolor paper

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