Cezanne-Inspired Still Life – a Step Further!

I was so happy with the results that my Kinders had with our Cezanne-inspired still life paintings, that I wanted to take it a step further with my 1st grade classes….  

As I showed my 1st graders some of Cezanne’s still life paintings, we noticed that you could often see a dark edge around many of his shapes.  So, this time after we finished “hiding the white paper” we used diluted black tempera paint (just a very small amount in a paper cup) and a skinny watercolor brush (size 2) to paint a thin black outline around each shape.  It really made their paintings “pop”!  

It was fascinating to watch my students’ excitement grow as they got closer to completing their paintings and saw how wonderful they all looked.  Even the adults in the room were saying things like, “I would frame that and hang it in my house!”  Here are a few more examples… each one unique and totally beautiful!!

Well done, 1st Graders!! 

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7 Responses to Cezanne-Inspired Still Life – a Step Further!

  1. Valentines Day Worksheets February 6, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Lovely painting and awesome kids.

  2. Phyl February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Terrific! I love the fact that the younger kids never say “I can't do it”. They just go ahead and do what you ask, and the results are lovely!

  3. TeachKidsArt February 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    So true, Phyl… if only we could bottle some of that enthusiasm!! ;)

  4. CE Marking consultants February 14, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    Very creative idea and beautiful implementation.

  5. Day care in Bangalore February 15, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I am glad it was help full And wounder full…………for kids

  6. Art Project Girl March 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Love the black outline. . . you will be seeing me use this contour line thingy you are doing with my next project. . . totally saw it here first.

    These are BEAUTIFUL!


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