GEORGES ROUAULT PORTRAITS
Portrait Painting in the style of Georges Rouault
Grades: 3-5 | Age: 8-11 | Written by:
[Kim is a teacher at Alexander and Denmark Elementaries in Jackson, TN.]
With notes from Andrea Mulder-Slater, KinderArt.com
Students will learn about artist Georgee Rouault as they create a picture in the style of this important artist.
- Students will learn to paint in the style of Rouault.
Georges Rouault, complementary colors, stained glass, portrait, facial proportions
What You Need:
What You Do:
- brown construction paper
- paint: complementary colors, brown, peach, and black
- paint brushes
Materials information: brown paper is used to emphasize the darkness of the colors, complementary color combinations create brown tones ( when mixing the complementary colors do so to create a streaked look so that some of the original color is visible in small areas), do not clean brush between colors - a dirty brush will add to the dark and muted look of the painting.
- Discuss the background of Rouault. He was a Fauve painter who used complementary colors to create dark and muted colors in his paintings. He also used black outlines to give a stained glass appearance to his work. He had a friend who designed stained glass windows and Rouault wanted to include this style in his own work.
- Students begin with pencils and draw a portrait. If students have not already learned the techniques for proper facial placements and proportions this should be done at this time.
- Next, students will paint using only skin colors and complementary colors. To complete painting students will outline with black to create the stained glass effect.
Hint: I have my students create a one inch border around their paper before they begin their lesson. This border prevents paint from being used to the very edges of the paper and thus eliminates the need to cover work areas during a painting lesson. This saves time and is less messy.
- When paintings are complete, hang them up and have a discussion/critique of the work.
About Georges Rouault:
Type of Work:
Best Known For:
Painting corrupt figures.
Three Judges, 1913, Little Olympia, 1906, Christ Mocked, 1932
About Georges Rouault
Rouault (Great Modern Masters Series)
by: Georges Rouault, Jose Maria Faerna (Editor), Alberto Curotto
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