I love Rosina Wachtmeister’s paintings of cats. She has a playful, childlike style that begs to be imitated. We watched a PowerPoint presentation of her cat paintings and then tried to imitate her style. I have included the PowerPoint of Rosina’s cats in the supplies list, but it takes a few seconds to load.
- Rosina Wachtmeister’s Cats (PowerPoint)
- White construction paper
- Pencil and eraser
- Calendar pictures of cats
The class looked at pictures by the artist and talked about how everything she paints bursts with enthusiasm and exuberance. Her art doesn’t stay with reality. She puts designs on her cats, the sun, and the sky. Her faces have a Picasso quality about them. After discussing Rosina’s style, the class drew a cat, or cats, on their paper. To get ideas for backgrounds, they looked at the backgrounds of the calendar pictures. They had all kinds of leeway on the interpretation of those backgrounds. We looked for ideas, but wanted a lot of self expression in their artwork. After doing a rough sketch with pencil, the students finished their art with crayons, making sure that they used the full sheet of paper—-no unnecessary white areas.