Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2nd graders' interpretation of Matisse's Goldfish




My 4th graders are still completing their interpretations of the art room Matisse-like still life, but the 2nd grade is DONE with their fishbowl artwork! Yeah! They loved all the steps and were so proud of their work. I don't know why the colors in my photos are not looking right today - must have had something set wrong in camera, but the true colors are SO much brighter than they appear here. Anyhow this is a smattering of all the finished paintings. Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. These are awesome! I love everyone of them! :)

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  2. These are all wonderful! Can't wait to see the 4th grade still lifes!

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  3. I love how you combined the -ish book with it. Goldfish-ish so clever and takes the intimidation out of drawing! Another cool lesson.

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  4. I love the freedom expressed in the background!!

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  5. Nice, I want to do these for our art show, can you tell me the steps in a little more detail? Did you have real fish in your still life set up?! I can't tell from the pictures if the leaves are collaged on or painted directly- they are all beautiful!

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  6. Sure. The fishtanks in the still life setup (there are 2) in my room have a combo of blue cellophane and tissue paper in it, and the fish are orange foam with a little paint on them. I have to admit, they actually look real. Kinda cool. The kids had the option to draw either of the fishtanks in the still life, or also to mimic Matisse's straight-sided fishbowl. We talked about how to use an oval to make the top of the bowl look round, and another oval for the top of the water. The painted fishbowls were cut out, and an oval and legs were cut for a table out of wallpaper samples, and both were glued on a 12x18" paper.

    The kids each painted a 9x12 sheet of paper with an assortment of green tempera, and they scratched into the wet paint with popsicle sticks. The next class, when dry, they drew leaf shapes w/crayons on the green paper and cut them out to collage on their paper. Then I had a large assortment of pre-mixed colors for them to paint all the negative space. The rule was that when they picked a color they had to paint it in at least 3 places on the paper.

    I think a big key to the whole thing was the "ish" factor. We looked at what made a Matisse a Matisse (cheeful, lively, colorful, patterned spaces, etc) and tried to be Matisse-ish! So glad my readers like!!!

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  7. one more thing - when we painted the green paper, I had one table set up as the green station. The kids were all cutting out tables and fishbowls and gluing down, and I called them about 5 or 6 at a time to come and paint their green paper. I left the table totally messy for the 2nd class who came in, and they washed it at the end. All my sponges turned green. Should have put down newspaper!

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  8. Phyl...

    Your Fishbowls look great... Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner. Yes they are a crayon resist
    I really need to go back and edit that post and give more info about it.. Maybe I will get to that today..

    Keep Posting.. Love the Stuff.
    and dont forget that my room is messy :)
    http://mymessyartroom.blogspot.com/

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  9. These are just beautiful Phyl! I love them all too!

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  10. These are great! I was just doing a new post on my blog on a Matisse goldfish lesson I did with a summer class and saw yours in the google images while I was uploading Matisse's print. This would be something fun to try with a younger group. Thanks for sharing. Here is my post if you want to check it out http://doartimagineexplorecreate.blogspot.com/

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