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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6 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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