Monday, February 11, 2013

Matisse Goldfish: A Color Study

I love teaching color theory.  This year, I tested a new color activity on fourth grade, and was extremely excited with the outcome.  Not only are their artworks lovely, but the problem solving and learning that occurred as a result of this unit was incredible.  Take a look!

We started with a color mixing activity.  Using only primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and white, students made as many different colors as possible.

We made notes about our colors so that we would remember how we created them later.
We then critiqued this artwork by french artist, Henri Matisse.  Since Matisse loved color so much, he was the perfect inspiration for our color unit!

We each drew our own version of Matisse's Goldfish painting.

Next, we used tempera paint to color the background.  Notice the paint palette?  Only primary colors!  Students had to mix every color they needed. 

This is great practice for a young artist.

After the background was filled with fabulous color, we painted a watercolor fish bowl.

The goldfish were created with oil pastel.  The pastel resists the watercolor paint.  It's like magic!

When the paint dried, we cut the bowl out and glued it to the background.  We also got the oil pastels back out to add a few finishing details.

Finished product.

Finished product.

Finished product.

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