SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2007

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High School Studio Lesson Wild Beasts of Still Life Debra Lott Bridget Watters, grade twelve. S tudents will be inspired to paint "out of the box" with this transformative approach to color theory and still life. Use of an arbitrary color scheme can open their eyes, push their creativity and produce exciting paintings. Ordinary still-life objects will be transformed into dramatic, vibrant visuals. Historical Background The Fauve style of painting is a great art history lesson for this project. The word fauve means "wild beast." Art critics gave this name Students will be inspired to paint "out of the box" with this transformative approach to color theory and still life. to these artists because of their flamboyant use of color. The artists chose to use color independently of natural appearance. Displaying reproductions of Matisse's paintings will inspire students to paint like "wild beasts." Preparation Students first plan their compositions by creating an illusion of three-dimensional space in their drawings. Drawings should demonstrate foreground and background with overlapping objects to create a feeling of depth. 26 SchoolArts April 2007

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