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Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne inspires original mosaic artwork as you explore Paris, France.
Request several copies of books on Impressionism from the school's library such as Impressionism: Movements in Art by Jessica Gunderson, What Makes a Monet a Monet? by Richard Muhlberger and Impressionism: Eye on Art by Peggy J. Parks. Organize students into small groups and suggest each group research some aspect of Impressionism. Teacher-approved web sites on the topic will also aid students during their research.
Suggest students investigate Cézanne's still-life paintings. Notice that the subject matter often contains fruit and draped fabric. Look at the shapes and colors, and how the artist uses soft color marks. These bits of color create an Impression of the object being painted, which is where the art movement Impressionism got its name.
Now look at a landscape done by Cézanne, or one of his contemporaries, such as Monet. Notice the colors they used in their work. Look carefully at some outdoor scenery. What colors do you see? How do the colors change as the sun moves in the sky? Find several photographs of Parisian landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower. What kinds of food would one take on a picnic in Paris?
Once students have exhausted their research, encourage them to discuss how to organize it in order to incorporate their new knowledge into the creation of original artwork. On a sheet of white construction paper, ask students to sketch a picnic in Paris with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Include a small image of a Parisian landmark in the background, and a larger picnic still-life in the foreground. Students refer to Cézanne's still-life paintings for ideas.
Students begin their artwork by tearing a variety of colors of construction paper (any color except black) into small pieces to color the Parisian Picnic. Begin with the background, and move forward. Encourage students to layer pieces for a richer effect. Use lighter colors to show areas of light, and darker colors to show shadows. Students use a Crayola Washable Glue Stick to attach the paper to their drawings.
When drawings are filled with torn paper, students use dark Crayola Construction Paper Crayons to add lines and details to their Parisian Picnics. Encourage them to press hard so lines are bold.
With Crayola Scissors, students cut small construction paper labels. Write the French words for foods and other items illustrated in Parisian Picnic.
Students present their artwork to small groups of classmates. Encourage them to incorporate learning about Impressionism from their research into their presentations and how they incorporated this new knowledge into their artwork.
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