Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Fauvism

This week in art class, students learned about Fauvism.  The Fauvist painters, such as Matisse and Derain, were known for their bold brushstrokes and vibrant, non representational colors.  In fact, the term "fauvism" means "wild best" and was used first by an art critic to describe how the artists painted.  Students looked at various landscapes created by the Fauvists, and discussed how they used color.  We looked at blue and red trees, green rivers, and purple skies.  Many students noted that Fauvism sounds like Fall, a time of year when we can find bright red trees in nature!  Inspired by art history, our young artists created their own beautiful, saturated landscapes.

This PS77 artist was inspired not only by the fauvists' use of color, but also by their bold brushstrokes.

One of our talented students using bright, vibrant colors inspired by artists like Derain.

What better way to celebrate fall than a fauvist football field?  Touchdown!

This fantastic fauvist painting was inspired by the recent lunar eclipse and harvest moon.

Inspired by a Matisse painting, this student thought about the entire composition.

This young artist created a beautiful landscape of Central Park with a view of the city in the background.

Some of our talented artists used stencils to help them compose their landscapes, before adding paint.

The warm colors in this artwork really capture a beautiful fall day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


This week students looked at portraits painted by the artist Pablo Picasso.  Students learned about proportion and worked on following visual directions to create their portraits.  We discussed different ways that Picasso used color in his work, including his Blue Period and Rose Period.  Students used oil pastel to add color to their own masterpieces.