In this lesson, we will study jungles and one of their beautiful inhabitants—monkeys. So far in this series, we’ve studied the elements of art: line, shape, texture and color. We will introduce the next element of art in this lesson: value. First, we’ll look at jungle paintings by master artist Henri Rousseau, and learn how he interpreted their values of color. Then we’ll use the elements of art, line, shape, color and value to create our own pictures. In Project 1, we’ll paint monochromatic leaves around a monkey face. In Project 2, we’ll be adding texture to create a cartoon jungle scene.

Element of Art:

Art Appreciation:
Henri Rousseau

Mixed Media

Art Supplies used in this lesson:

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We can’t wait to see your creativity!