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Jungle Art


Look at these painting by a famous French artist called Henri Rousseau. He loved to paint jungle pictures even though he had never been to a jungle. Instead, he used pictures from newspapers and books to help him work out how to draw wild animals like lions and tigers! 


Do you notice how Henri Rousseau has plants close to us (in the foreground) and plants further away (in the background)? This gives his pictures a real sense of depth to them. He often puts an animal or two hiding in amongst the plants as well. What different animals can you see in these pictures?

This week we would like you to create your own jungle art. Are you going to have one jungle animal in your picture or lots of different types of jungle animals? Are you going to use real life colours or use different imaginary colours? Depending on the craft materials you have available at home, you might want to paint, draw or collage your jungle picture. It's entirely up to you!


As we have never been to a jungle we are going to have to work like the artist Henri Rousseau and use or imagination. Remember he also used books and newspapers to help him know what jungle animals looked like . Henri Rousseau lived a very long time ago before the internet was invented but that could be a good place to look too! Below are some ideas to get you thinking. 

When you have created your jungle art don't forget to take a picture of your finished piece of work and save it to your 'My Work' folder on Purple Mash. Have fun being creative!
We know how much you like the 'Make It' table in Nursery so if you enjoyed creating your imaginary jungle and have some free time you might like to have a go at some of these jungle art craft projects ...