Monday, March 1, 2010

LE: Long live the Fauves!

Nick (kudos to this student for painting so beautifully, even with a broken arm!)




Poor Fauvists- their movement only lasted for a few years, but last week, my students paid homage to Andre Derain with their own Pont de Charing Cross paintings. Students first analyzed Derain's paintings, such as how he used brushstrokes to add texture to the landscape and unrealistic colors for the road and trees. As I demonstrated, students drew a horizon, a road in perspective, and skyscrapers in the background. I encouraged them to be daring and imaginative with their colors. Instead of using black for pavement, why not red? I hope this lesson broadened the students' expressive vocabulary. I think Derain would have been pleased to see these.


  1. WOW!!!! I need to update my teaching website now...What grade did this? I'd like to teach my 4th graders more about creating space in a picture :)

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day (kindergarten):