- portrait photo of yourself
- white drawing sheet
- brown and grey construction paper
- color pencil
- gold pencil
Alphonse Mucha (Czech republic, 1860-1939) is an Art Nouveau artist. Graceful women, shapes from nature, soft colors and stylized letters en are the basis of his work.In 1887 he moves to Parijs, at that time the center of the modern world: a vibrant night life, modern department stores, wide boulevards with artificial lights that illuminate the city after sunset. Mucha isn't quite succesfull by then, but that changes when he gets his first assignment: a poster for the v theater show Gismonda with the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha paints a lifesize poster of a beautiful woman surrounded by stylized flower patterns and graceful lines. With this poster Mucha establishes his name as an artist and is assured of sufficient work in the years that follow. His posters turn Paris into an open-air museum with art for everyone to see.
Show some artwork of Mucha and discuss them: graceful wavy lines, organic shapes, no bright colors.
Draw the picture of yourself and color it with pencils. Cut out and stick on brown paper. Decorate the background with organic shapes using a gold color pencil. Cut a frame for you portrait and stick it on your artwork.
Artworks are made by students of grade 5 and 6.
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