graders learned about the artist Henri Rousseau through a Power Point
Presentation. They also viewed several of his paintings. Henri Rousseau was a
French painter, who worked for the French government for most of his adult
life. He retired early to pursue his love of painting. He is one of the most
famous “naïve” painters, or untrained painters. Rousseau is most known for
painting exquisite jungle animal scenes. The most interesting thing about the
jungle paintings, is that Rousseau had never seen a jungle in his life. All his
ideas came from books, magazines, and his imagination.
graders also learned about the art element EMPHASIS. Emphasis is how an artist
creates a main focus in their painting- an area in the artwork where the artist
wants you to look first. The 5th graders looked at several examples
of artwork and had to find where the artist was creating emphasis.
their project, 5th graders looked at lots of images of animal eyes,
all different kinds. We discussed how by drawing just the eye of the animal we
are creating EMPHASIS on that part of the animal. After their eye was drawn in
pencil, students used chalk pastels to color and blend in. They turned out