I am a farm girl, married to my high school sweetheart. We grew up on farms 9 miles apart and went through 12 years of school together. I liked him in grade school, but it took until we were Juniors in high school to get him interested in me as more than a friend. I have never lived more than 10 miles from home, except in college, but have travelled as far as France, Germany and Switzerland. We live on our own farm and have raised three of our six kids. The last three are growing up fast.
For a couple of weeks, my art classes were "wild beasts." Matisse was one of the leaders of what came to be known as the fauve ("wild beast" in French) movement, which made realistic art done in non-realistic colors. For our subject, we used this lesson on large faces and painted with tempera on pizza box cardboard.
We began with a directed drawing from the face lesson. The kids drew in pencil on their cardboard. We talked about Matisse and Fauvism and looked at examples. After drawing, the kids copied over their lines in black marker, then painted, using unusual colors. Many people said these paintings reminded them of tribal masks.
After the paintings dried, we outlined again with the marker for definition. We had lots of fun with great results. This orange and green one was daughter W's.