These clown paintings were inspired by the work of French expressionist, Georges Rouault (he also happens to be one of my very favorite artists...his paintings of Christ have influenced my own work quite a bit).
The kids learned that Rouault studied under a stained glass artist when he was young and that this influenced his work, as evidenced by the thick black lines he painted around the figures and objects in his paintings. We also noticed how Rouault often painted patterned borders in his work.
Despite my self-proclaimed "coulrophobic" students, I love how these came out.
So colorful and expressive!
(tempera on cardboard)