Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910) was a famous French artist of
the post-Impressionists era. Although today his art is well known and
considered of high value, at the time, some people criticized his paintings as
simple and naïve, almost “childish”. One of Rousseau’s favorite subjects was
wild animals in the jungle, even though he has never visited a real jungle in
his life (in fact, he never left France); his work was inspired by illustrated
books, the local botanical garden, and the zoo. In this kit, we focus on
Rousseau’s famous painting “The Monkeys in the Jungle”, completed in 1909.
Activity 1 – “Create your own jungle”
To create his jungle paintings, Henri Rousseau used his
imagination, illustrated books and sights from the local zoo. Using your
imagination, create your own jungle.
1. Using the background
activity sheets, draw, color and create your jungle scenery.
2. Using the stickers provided,
create your own jungle. Can you find the sticker images in some of Rousseau’s other paintings (shown on the “about
the author” section)?
3. Attach Rousseau’s original
art and your new “masterpiece” to the frames using the supplied stickers. Your
work is ready to be displayed.
Activity 2 – “Pop-up Jungle”
1. Following the instructions, color, cut, fold and glue the activity pieces to create a "jungle" pop-up card.