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“The Goldfish” by Henri Matisse

January 18, 2012

I think every fifth grade student at one time has brought home a goldfish from the tri-state fair.  We studied French artist Henri Matisse, looking at many of his works and observing his use of bright bold color in his subject matter and also the backgrounds of his paintings.  In session one, students drew a bowl, making sure it was symmetrical.  They added lines that showed the gravel level and the water level.  Using oil pastels, they drew the goldfish and gravel and added the reflection of the fish in the top surface of the water.   Once finished, we covered their bowl with laminating film.  In session two, we studied Matisse’s picture.  Students drew in a table and added potted plants, flowers and colorful background designs.  Students were full of compliments for one another on this project.

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