dinsdag 29 mei 2012

In the style of Niki de Saint Phalle

You need:
  1. newspapers torn in strips
  2. wallpaper paste
  3. paper towels
  4. tempera paint
  5. varnish
  6. brushes
  7. yarn
  8. white wall paint
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002) was a French painter and sculptor. She made reliefs in plaster and other materials. Especially her feminine 'Nana's' are famous. These large sculptures of women painted in bright expressive colours are world famous and to be seen in several major cities in the world.

Show some pictures of Niki de Saint Phalle on the digital board. Discuss the salient features: bright colours, black outlinesof the colour patches - including circles, often (thick) women without a clear face. Then show images of the sculptures in Paris (google Nikki de Saint Phalle and Paris). What is different about these images? Those sculptures are the famous female characters, but they do have the typical De Saint Phalle characteristics.
Students are going to create an artwork of paper mache with at least one hole in it and two protruding parts. Provide at least eight layers of newspaper finish with paper towels.
Paint the sculpture after drying with white wall paint and let dry. Paint then in the style of Saint Phalle using bright colors.
Wait until the paint is dry and paint the black lines using a small brush or use a black marker. Paint with varnish. Pull a thread through the hole and hang the work.
Artworks made by students of grade 5

3 opmerkingen:

  1. I love the way you adapted her (fabulous) work for this lesson. I wanted to include a lesson about her Nanas this year, but I was worried about all the giggling with bulls-eye painted 'boobies' and I was worried that I might get in trouble with parents interpreting these whimsical sculptures. Your solution is terrific!

  2. I forgot to ask: what were the internal structures made from? The shapes are so interesting.

  3. Thanks Phyl!
    The internal structures are made from wads of (news)paper.