Jun 30, 2013

Fauvist Animal Prints


Animal prints inspired by the art movement Fauvism. This year 5 and 6 class created them with oil and chalk pastels after viewing a collection of Fauvist artworks and recognising their trademark characteristic of strong, exaggerated and often nonrealistic use of colour. The name Fauvism was founded on the French word fauves meaning "wild beasts" (you can read more about the whys and wherefores here).

A little while ago I walked over a concrete path that appeared to have a turtle print stencilled into it's surface, it made me think that some animal prints in nonrealistic colours would be a simple and memorable introduction to Fauvism. The students chose their own colourways and worked directly on the paper with no pencil lines underneath. The animal prints range from truly wild beasts like tigers and leopards, through to zebras, giraffes and the more sedate beasts like cows and even turtles.


4 comments:

  1. Oh! These are fabulous! you have written both oil pastels and chalk pastels in your labels; which did you use for what? The colors are so vibrant and do not look like anyone smeared or smudged. How did you keep the chalk pastel colors so clean and bright? What type of paper did you use? (Too many questions; I know...)

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  2. Thanks Phyl : ) I placed what I thought was a large tub of oil pastels on the front desk, but moving around observing the students I soon realised that there were both oil and chalk pastels therein... There is a bit of smudging looking closely, some happened upon just oil, some all chalk and some a mix of both! The chalk does tend to go everywhere, I tried fixing the predominantly chalk ones with some hairspray. And the paper was the stock standard paper that we make work for every medium we undertake! It's not great quality but it's what we have - a whole lot better than nothing of course : )

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  3. These are very well crafted. The colour combinations are vibrant. I will be pinning as I will be trying this. Many thanks.

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  4. Thanks Gretchen! : )

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