Inspired by the jungles of Henri Rousseau’s imagination, my grade four students used modeling clay to ‘paint’ their own imaginary scenes. Students loved this project because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love to play with modeling clay. They had fun ‘inventing’ new colours by mixing the various clays together. Using texture to make their imaginary landscapes more interesting was another challenge that they faced. You can see their work in the Grade Four Gallery, their blogs or check out the video below.
Start looking around the school to see some new twists on Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The first thing we did was look at several versions of the Mona Lisa, by several different artists including da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Eric Waugh, Andy Warhol and Fernando Botero. Then the students created their own versions of the famous portrait using modeling clay instead of paint. We have several versions of the Mona Lisa listening to an iPod, we have a couple of windblown Mona Lisas and one who is drawing in her missing eyebrows.