I'm working on developing several Animal Themed art projects for my Art Camp this Summer. I have always thought a Rousseau inspired project would be fun so I decided to give it a try.
Rousseau's Paintings are very dreamlike and primitive. He painted several jungle scenes even though he never traveled outside of France. He wasn't formally trained in art and simply taught himself how to paint. I'll show the students a few examples and then we'll do a directed drawing of the Tiger in pencil on Watercolor Paper. It's pretty simple if you break it up into simple shapes: a circle for the face, rounded triangles for the ears, triangle for the nose, etc...
We'll discuss what parts of the tiger are white and what parts are orange, also the stripes down the forehead, across the cheeks and across the chest.
They'll outline their final drawing with black sharpie and then using just the orange, paint the outside of the ears, the face and chest, leaving the appropriate areas white. I am going to have them paint along with me - I'll demonstrate and then they can do theirs. I'm not trying to have them copy me, just that they understand how to work with the watercolor.