Because he painted many jungle scenes (and because our theme is zoo animals), I’ve picked the artist Henri Rousseau for our Masterpiece Monday!
Henri Rousseau was born in France in 1844. He was a self-taught artist and painted in his spare time. Although he never visited a jungle, he often painted jungle scenes — using his imagination and time at zoos and parks to create his paintings. You can find out more about him here.
1) Paint the body and head of a “jungle” bird.
2) Add handprint wings.
3) Paint a beak and tail. Add feet if desired. Use an index finger to dot on an eye.
*If we do this project again, I will definitely use a larger sheet of paper.
I found this project from The Usborne First Book of Art. This is one of our favorite art books…and a springboard for many ideas! We’ll finish the project in Part 2 tomorrow!