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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Rousseau Rainforest

Created on March 21, 2012 by ArtfulArtsyAmy



Students study the art of Henri Rousseau. Students create their own Rousseau-inspired rain forest scene.


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THE PLAN
• Students will be able to explain that Rousseau is an artist best known for painting jungle scenes.
• Students will be able to create a jungle scene using oil pastels in the style of Rousseau, using repeating leaf shapes and bright colors.

• Video - “Dropping in on Rousseau”
• Henri Rousseau, Tropical Forest with Monkeys, 1910
• 9”x12” black construction paper
• Oil pastels
• Scissors
• White paper
• markers
• white glue

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1. Teacher introduces Henri Rousseau using image of Tropical Forest with Monkeys.
2. Teacher explains that Rousseau is best known for painting jungle scenes with simple organic shapes and bright colors.
3. Teacher shows finished project example to clarify objectives.
4. Teacher demonstrates techniques for drawing jungle plants with oil pastels.
5. Teacher shows selection from video “Dropping in on Rousseau.”
6. If needed, teacher distributes supplies, possibly with student help.
7. Students create a jungle scene using oil pastels (Optional: Students may add monkeys to their drawing in the style of Tropical Forest with Monkeys).
8. Teacher demos how to draw a tiger on white paper.
9. Students draw and color a tiger and glue into composition.
10. Students draw oil pastel over tiger to "hide" in jungle.
11. Teacher circulates during production to assist students.
12. Teacher initiates cleanup procedures.

• Can the student explain that Rousseau is an artist best known for painting jungle scenes?
• Did the student create a jungle scene using oil pastels in the style of Rousseau, using repeating leaf shapes and bright colors?

Vocabulary
• Landscape – artwork that shows an outdoor scene

THE FEATURES
Henri Rousseau

Folk Art

Balance, Color/Value, Shape, Unity/Harmony

Paper, Pastel

Science