Henri Rousseau

Art Projects and Curriculum

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Impressionist, Primitist







About Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)

Henri Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter. Born in 1844, he is best known for his colorful and imaginative depictions of jungles, wild animals, and exotic landscapes. Rousseau's works are characterized by their bold colors, flat patterns, and dreamlike quality. He was known for his innovative techniques, such as capturing the lush vegetation and vibrant life of the jungle in his paintings, and his works often convey a sense of mystery and adventure.

Over time, Rousseau became a leading figure in the Post-Impressionist movement, and his works continue to be celebrated for their historical significance and beauty. Today, Rousseau's works can be found in major museums around the world, and he remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of all time.

Henri Rousseau Art Lesson & Art Activity

Your students will learn about Rousseau’s colorful compositions of plants and animals – their imaginations will be unlocked!  Students will create a colorful jungle landscapes of plant and animal shapes using paint crayons. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Shape, Value

Art Activity Emphasis

Jungle Foliage and Animals

Vocabulary Learned

background, detail, foreground, realistic, shape, value

Student Art Supplies

Watercolor Crayons, Watercolor Brushes
Art Lessons for Henri Rousseau

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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