I try to do an artist study about once a month. We have other art lessons that we do regularly, but they are not really artist focused, so I have been creating a VERY simple lesson once a month to expose my kids to famous artists. This last month we did a Paul Cezanne artist study.
How We Did our Paul Cezanne Artist Study:
When I say simple, I really mean it! Following is what I typically do for our artist study.
- Read a few books about the artist.
- Print and laminate some of our favorite paintings from the artist to display on our calendar board for the month
- Do one or two art projects in the style of that artist.
- THAT’S IT!
We started by reading our favorite artists study book by Mike Venezia- The World’s Greatest Artist book. I buy a couple new ones of this series each school year because we just love them so much! I wish our library carried more of them… These book introduce the artists in such a fun and interesting way and my kids love reading them. After reading the book, I set up a still life for us to draw/paint. I used a cake platter and draped it with a table cloth. Then I piled on the produce.
Before beginning, I let the kids choose their different art mediums to use. Each of us wanted to use something different. We talked about the different colors in the fruit that we saw and began sketching them with pencils first. After they were drawn we painted or colored them in. I used oil pastels, my daughter always wants to paint, and my son prefers pencils or crayons. He used watercolor crayons. (Have you tried these? They are fun to use!) I talked to them a little about shading and looking at where the shadows were on the fruit as we drew them.
My three-year-old thought the fruit was better to eat than to paint. 🙂
I found a fun free interactive resource from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website called Cezanne’s Astonishing Apples. We had fun playing around with this.
Fun Books on Paul Cezanne:
Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt
Color Your Own Still Life Paintings (Dover Art Coloring Book) by Marty Noble
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