It's the end of November already and that means posting about this month's art lessons! Here is the lesson I did with 3rd grade. (Look for more posts to come about my 2nd and 1st grade projects!) Read on if you'd like step-by-step instructions for this lesson.
MATISSE STILL LIFE
1.) Introduce Matisse to the students. Show a short slideshow of his still lives. Ask kids what they noticed. What was similar about all these/how do we know it's the same artist? Make sure they notice: color palette, texture and patten elements, the thick black outlines in a lot of his work.
2.) Set up still lives on each table. I used silk flowers in vases and fake fruit. Talk about how still lives were studies of composition, how an artist arranges objects on a page.
3.) Hand out small sections of cut wrapping paper and have kids glue them down and cut off access to make their "tables".
4.) Kids draw still lives in thick black sharpies.
5.) When they're ready to paint, they can use tempera. (I use those little white round kids palettes with the wells all the way around.)