Art is..Henri Rousseau's Fantasy World - (7 pages) A Carnival Evening
In this Zip File of jpeg pages, you will receive 3 pages of photo references and 4 activity pages for students. This project involves learning to draw the human form, deep sea critters and create a fantasy underwater picture.
Each child should have their own 4 activity pages and the 3 photo references should be available at each table.
Henri Rousseau has long been my favorite artist. I loved his jungle pictures the best and was pleasantly surprised that he didn't go to the jungle to paint. Some of his images came from popular magazines. Obviously the graphic image made an impression on him and his artwork. In this activity, you probably won't be able to take your students scuba diving. So, I have included 3 sheets of photo references for your students. They can use them however they want in their artwork, in the spirit of Henri Rousseau. The use of iPads and computers would also allow the students to research, print out and copy their own images.
1. Introduction: "A Carnival Evening." There are questions that the students are to write answers, to help them critique his painting. This is based on DBAE.
2. Practice Drawing Scuba Diver. This page is for students to reproduce the scuba diver, but to add their face in the diver's mask.
Note that often Rousseau painted himself and his wife as the imaginary figures in his artwork.
3. Practice Drawing Underwater Critters. Remind the students that they are creating a "Dream-like Fantasy" and to expect the unexpected underwater.
4. Final Drawing. Students are to use the Photo References in their artwork. They are also to create a "Dream-like Underwater Fantasy." Remember it is their dream, their creation, so anything goes! Have them pay attention to the art elements and have fun!
Try and keep this very open ended and to remind the students this is a fantasy, an imaginative art work! Open Ended, is usually a student directed process, where they can draw their feelings, emotions, reactions to the art work in the blanks provided. They can choose to copy the designs, outlines the shapes/forms, or even just draw one aspect. Open ended is not assessed and there is no right or wrong. Just encourage active participation in some form.
Use of any copyrighted pictures by Henri Rousseau or photo references are used in Fair Use in Education and in the spirit that students will probably not be going scuba diving, and need the photo references to create a "Vivid and Realistic" vision in their creation, enhancing their artistic and scientific education.