Fauvism Self Portrait – Selfie Acrylic Painting Lesson

My middle school students had a blast with this project. We learned about the expressive use of color to create mood and express meaning.

Objectives: Students will learn that artists use color intensity, value & color schemes to create color moods. Artists use color to create different moods- through color intensity (bright & dull) and color value (light & dark). Artist’s also sometimes use color schemes to create moods (complementary colors create excitement). Students will learn about the expressive qualities of color. Students will learn about the Fauvism art movement. They will compare and contrast the use of color between Fauvist art versus other periods of artwork.

Materials: 12×16 canvas panels, pencils, acrylic paints, paint brushes, water cups, paper towels, newspaper for tables

Portrait of Matisse, 1905, by Andre DerainDelivery:

  1. Color Contrast: Artists use contrast to show differences between two things, to make something stand out. When cool colors are placed next to warm colors contrast is created. (show examples)
  2. Color Mood-Sometimes we attach a color to the emotions we are feeling. Have you ever heard the phrases “So mad he could see red”, “Feeling blue”, or “Being green with envy”. Artists use color to create different moods- through color intensity (bright & dull) and color value (light & dark). Artist’s also sometimes use color schemes to create moods (complementary colors create excitement). Using colors deliberately gives a deeper expression to our artwork and evokes different emotional responses in the viewer.
  3. Artists also use Color Schemes to affect color mood:
    • Analogous (colors next to each other on the color wheel) usually have a calm, harmonious feeling- like they all get along
    • Complementary (Colors opposite from each other on the color wheel) these colors have the highest contrast, which creates tension or strife. They are also exciting because of the contrast between them
    • A Peaceful Mood is created by using dull & light colors. Earth tones, like the colors of the sea, sand, and rocks. The colors have a low saturation (dull) and are subtle.
    • A Playful Mood is created by using bright- fully saturated bright colors (Pure hues -straight off the color wheel-like crayon colors)
  4. Fauvism, c. France 1905:
    1. Major Artists: Henri Matisse (the Leader of the Fauves), Paul Gaugin and André Derain. The artists who painted in this style were known as ‘Les Fauves’ (French-the wild beasts).
    2. Les Fauves believed that color should be used to express the artist’s feelings about a subject, rather than simply use realistic color to describe what it looks like.
  5. Characteristics of Fauvist Art:
    1. Explosive colors: application of flat (no shading), pure color 
    2. Primitive
    3. Wildly unique and unnatural color combinations
    4. Complementary hues next to each other
    5. Impulsive brushstrokes, Sketchy mixed with short strokes

Lots of great information at Arty Factory- Fauvism

Activity Day 1-2: Acrylic Painting Techniques Worksheet

Acrylic Painting Techniques Lesson Plan & Worksheets 2016

Activity Day 3-6: (5-6 45 min classes) Fauvism Self Portrait- Selfie Acrylic Painting

Project Objective: Create an acrylic self-portrait painting using expressive colors like used in the Fauvism style.

  1. Use the grid method to accurately draw self-portrait onto canvas panel.Grid Ratio
  2. Go over your lines by painting a thin black outline-use a fine brush or draw with Sharpie.
  3. Using BRIGHT colors, paint the subject matter-switch colors often, use complementary colors next to each other (creates excitement). We learned that you really need to use LIGHT & BRIGHT colors for this project-especially for the face (I will stress this next time)!!
  4. For the background paint large blocks of bright colors.

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