Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kindergarten: Paul Cezanne's Apples and Pears

In this lesson, I had students look at the fruits not as apples or pears, but as shapes. After all, isn't that how Cezanne himself saw his still lifes? "Reproduce nature in terms of the cylinder and the sphere and the cone". Students took a soft pastel and drew three irregular circles and a "flat" circle, or oval, for the plate underneath. Before they colored in their fruit, we looked at how Cezanne's brushstrokes were very visible and not blended in, so they used the flat side of the pastel to create geometric strokes. The last step was to outline their fruit with black pastel and add a shadow underneath their plate. I love how these turned out!

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