Monday, March 15, 2010

First Grade and the Wild Beasts

The First grade artists are studying the art group called the Fauves, known also as the Wild Beasts. The Wild Beasts broke away from traditional painting and wanted their work to express emotion through color. Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Gabrielle Munter are Wild Beasts that we studied. The first grade artists also read the book Pink Lemon by the author and illustrator Herve Tullet. He was known in France as the Prince of Preschool. Finally, the young artists had to brainstorm and think up four objects that are always the same color such as a lemon, a penguin, the street, cherries, water etc.... Then they had choose one of these objects to "wild beast". Here are the results:

Blue eggs?!

Pink lion?!

Blue monkey?!

Blue Banana?!
As you can see the first grade artists also learned about tints and shades. They used what they learned about color mixing to create these paintings. Way to go first graders!!!!!!

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