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Henri Rousseau’s Jungles grade 5/6

We watched this video to find out more about Henri Rousseau’s artwork Surprised. We have been creating our own artworks that are inspired by this artist. We have watched a couple of different clips to tune in and get ideas. Other video links are bookmarked on the links list further down the page.

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We used this project to try and experiment with some different paper collage techniques. The aim was to have at least 5 different skills used on our own artwork. We also looked at depth and detail and achieving an interesting artwork. We started by painting a horizon line (the line where the land and sky meet) and simply doing the sky blue and and the land green. after that we looked at some of Rousseau’s artworks and discussed detail and what they made us think of. We also thought about what we liked and didn’t like in them.

The final part of the artwork was using collage to create our own jungles. Some of the skills we used were tearing, scrunching, fringing, cutting, curling, rolling and fan folding, some people used other techniques too. We had to make a thick and colorful jungle. Some people made animals and birds for in their jungles. Callum even made a teepee out of material.

We enjoyed this activity and learning more about Henri Rousseau

Reporters – 5/6H, 5/6C & 5/6S     Photographers – Abbie, Jameela

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5/6S Henri Rousseau

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For this session we did our backgrounds. First we drew a horizon line on our A4 paper, 3 cm from the top. Then we painted the sky blue and the ground green. Brianna and Dallas drew a mountain hill horizon line. Next we are going to add paper collage on our backgrounds. Plus Steph was the person who took photos of peoples work. We also looked at some of Henri Rousseau’s jungle artworks, we think he did pretty well considering he’d never actually seen a jungle. We learnt a little bit about him, like he wasn’t just an artist until he was in his 40s. Most of the class liked his artworks because they were colourful and looked a little bit like animation backgrounds.


By Brianna, Dallas and

photographer Stephanie

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Monday 11th August




Grade 5/6H started a new project today. We are exploring the work of Henri Rousseau, in particular his jungle artworks. His style is very different to what we have explored so far. I am using an activity inspired by Belinda Duncan’s book Art Inspirations using paper techniques. We had some very interesting discussions about what we liked and didn’t like in the paintings. One student thought that they looked like animation backgrounds and another suggested that they looked real but not quite. Some weren’t impressed by the subject matter and others liked the heavy detail and use of color. Today we just completed our background using a horizon line and coloring the sky section with blue food dye and the land with green paint, ready to start our collage next week.

Grade Prep M had a lot of fun creating mini paper sculptures today using some old computer boxes as a base and working with coloured paper and folding techniques to create unique artworks. Everyone was very engaged and enjoying trying to create fan folds, paper curls, loop the loops, fringing and interesting cut shapes.

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Grade 3/4FJ worked on their FANCY FEET artworks focusing on the pattern side of things today. At first 20 patterns seemed an unreachable target for some, but by the end of the session most students had gone well beyond the minimum 20 pattern guideline, several students stretching to see just how many they could actually come up with. We have finished this project now so these will be on display soon. Some have to spend just a little more time to complete them, a group spending a lovely and chatty lunchtime today to work on them. 🙂

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