Today We Celebrated Henri Rousseau’s Birthday…

And a tiger joined us for tea…


The Facts…

We started by finding out se7en + 1 facts about Henri Rousseau:

  1. He was a French Man.
  2. He was born in 1844.
  3. He never went to art school, he just loved art.
  4. He was a customs officer before he retired to become an artist.
  5. He never visited the jungles that he was so famous for painting… a close inspection reveals that his jungles consist of houseplants.
  6. He was quite convinced that he was a great artist…
  7. He was not popular amongst local artists… but Picasso loved his work.
  8. And the se7en + 1th Fact…

  9. He had nine children…

The Gallery…

We went exploring in his gallery… And then we created our own gallery…

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The Gypsy in the dessert.

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The Boy on the Rocks.

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The Boys Play Football.

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The Flowers in the Pot.

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The Wedding in the Country.

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Meeting in the Woods.

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The Project

A pile of brown paper on the table outside in a sunny spot. And leaves were created throughout the day…


Piles and piles of leaves were created by every passer by… and then someone added a tiger to the mix and we now have a tiger creeping through the jungle in our courtyard.


Really there is a tiger out back…


5 Replies to “Today We Celebrated Henri Rousseau’s Birthday…”

  1. I can’t remember if I’ve commented on your blog before, but I wanted you to know that I adore it. We’re an artsy homeschooling family as well, in New Hampshire, USA. We’ve been doing Family Art Nights (so that Daddy can be included in the fun) and I can’t think of a better way to spend our time! My best to you and your sweet family!

  2. Wow!!! I just loveee these activities! I cannot wait til my youngest is old enough t0 complete these with a full underatanding of the artist background! I have tons of brown kraft packaging paper, they use to pack our orders in. I think this project will suit them perfectly!

  3. Hilaree, Thank you so much for stopping by… it is always so wonderful to meet readers, you have no idea how I appreciate you saying hi. We love arting together as a family it really does bring out the best in us!!! Hope you are having a fun weekend on the far side of the world.

  4. Hay Jeanine… So glad that you enjoyed this post… our brown paper is packaging from our school book delivery… we love it and save it up every year to use on projects just like these!!! Hope you are having a fun weekend!!!

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