Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Fauve Fauves" by grade 3

Well. I think we're finally done with Matisse and the fauves, and this may be my favorite project of everything we did with Matisse. The paper was I think 16 x 20" (or thereabouts), and I had the students leave a frame of about 1-1/2" on the paper. Students practiced drawing African animals by looking at lots of visuals, and the kids each picked one for their painting. They did the drawings on white paper with yellow chalkboard chalk. Some of the details of the original drawings unfortunately got lost in the re-drawing, but I like the childlike freshness of what turned out.

I had ordered a package of animal print tissue paper without a plan in mind, and it turned out to be perfect for the frames. I cut it in strips and the kids used starch to adhere it.

OOPS. I hung this bulletin board explaining the project after attending this afternoon's union meeting, and now that I'm looking at the photos I see a BIG error. The signs say the work was done by 2nd graders, but it was not. It is THIRD grade work and I'd better get into school early tomorrow morning to fix it before the kids see it. YIKES!


  1. I can't help but smile when I see these. They are terrific! I am loving that top elephant and bottom row cat in particular :D. They look wonderful with the animal print border.

  2. How sweet are these?!? Great work. I love how you can see the 'kid' in the images they created!

  3. I love love love these! Great use of that paper for the frame. They are so beautiful. Totally capture the wild beast.

  4. This is another wonderful exhibit!! I especially like the colors AND how you got the kids to fill the page with their animals!

  5. I love the colors and the personality! Great project!

  6. I was looking online for Matisse pictures and came across the Giraffe (top left of your display). Not trained in these things I was convinced it was a real Matisse. It is brilliant and I want it on my wall. I would pay millions for it (if I had that kind of money)!

    1. Hahaha! I don't think Matisse ever actually painted giraffes, or elephants, or any other animals, actually! So glad you like the painting. I was really proud of my 3rd graders for their lively cheerful colorful paintings, and I'd love to have them on my wall, too!


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