In 1st grade the first Principle of Art that we are learning is Ã¢â‚¬Å“EmphasisÃ¢â‚¬Â. This principle indicates the most important element in the art work because it attracts the viewerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention first.
We started off by taking a look at apple still life paintings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Paul Cezanne (1839-1906).
First, they traced around a foam plate on paper to make their own plate. Then the students used tempera paints and paintbrushes to paint the background one solid color of their choice. We let these dry. Then we painted the off-white/butter-cream color of the plate, and worked on the solid background with oil pastels to create patterns on the table cloth around the plate. Once the plate was dry we painted green and red apples onto the plate, added highlights to the apples in orange and yellow and added the letter Ã¢â‚¬Å“CÃ¢â‚¬Â around the plate and apples to create a shadow to the fruit and plate. The students were very happy with the results of this painting.