I hear that Tuesday was a huge success and the kids had a great first day of class! Tomorrow will be just as great and I wanted to start off the week with a reminder that we will meet for our K-3 classes at 12p.m. sharp and 4-6th class 1 p.m. sharp.
We will read a short story about Matisse, followed by a presentation with images of the art he created and then........ we will get to paintin'!
Henri Matisse was a post impresionistic artist and a "fauvist"....which meant "wild beast". He was a lawyer by trade but when he was 20-years-old he became ill. His mother brought paints to him during recovery and that is when he discovered his love of art. He painted wildly using bold colors and strong lines. This source of art helped him express himself and ultimately helped his recovery. He would help his friends when they were ill by bringing his art into their lives. Painting was his primary medium however, when he became older he chose paper cutouts on painted or colored paper. He felt paper medium was the, "easiest was to express himself".
So tomorrow, I will take our kids back to the time of Henri Matisse and let them be "wild beasts"! Just kidding:) "Little Fauvists" is more appropriate:) We will paint and texturize our papers which will lead us into our next lesson of the elements of shape. I will be sending home worksheets that will help us understand them. The kids can work on them at home or paste them into their sketch books to use as references. If they want they can even share their work with us in class next week!
Next week we will spend our entire hour working on paper cutouts. The kids (depending on age and ability) can trace, cut and decorate underwater patterns that I will provide or, draw and decorate their own underwater shapes!