Matisse-Inspired Tempera Resist

mix of neon and regular colors

 I’ve been dying to try tempera resist in my classroom ever since a colleague showed me a few (amazing) works by her students wherein they utilized the method. Unfortunately, my colleague and I are both super busy, and I didn’t have time to talk with her about tempera resist. Instead, I viewed a few online tutorials and underwent the process myself. I loved it.

My students used tempera resist to create artworks inspired by Matisse. Below, you can view two videos I made to model for my students. The first one is rather long, and I showed it in halves over the course of two class periods.

I’m really proud of their results! And, they were really sweet and wonderful about being my “little guinea pigs.” We used regular tempera colors and neon tempera colors. We used the neon colors more as an afterthought. . . But, the students who used neon made my favorite works.

neon colors

neon colors

regular colors

regular colors

mix of neon and regular colors

7 thoughts on “Matisse-Inspired Tempera Resist”

  1. I ❤ India ink and tempera! I've never attempted this with an entire class though, only ever in small after school groups. I also enjoy how you use technology in your classroom. I've been using more video in my room this year and theres been a great response.

  2. Mrs. Art Teacher. . .We just used the colored pastel chalk I inherited with my department. I'm embarrassed to say, I have no idea of the brand etc. I don't use pastels for too many projects, and I'm guessing the teacher before me used it for every project. . .Because I have piles upon piles upon piles of chalk pastels!

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