Objective: Children will "observe" and interpret art by carefully looking at works of art.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This lesson is best taught before the lesson, Colorful Still Life , also found on this website.
The focus work of art for this lesson, Blue Still Life (Nature Morte Bleue) by Henri Matisse, is from the art collection of the late Dr. Albert Barnes. It is located at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Barnes Foundation is home to more than 2,000 works of art, including masterpieces from well-known artists like Henri Matisse.
Dr. Barnes considered color to be one of four major elements of art—with line, light, and space being the other three. When these elements combine, Dr. Barnes felt that they could become a rich expression of everyday experiences. Henri Matisse was a French artist and is known for using brilliant colors in his artwork. Colors are everywhere, and using art to explore color can open children’s eyes to a world of shades and emotions. Artists sometimes use colors that are true to life and sometimes use colors that represent how they feel or what they imagine. Color is experienced in our everyday lives because color is all around us.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.