The fourth graders are starting a new lesson based on the art movement, Fauvism. Fauvism was founded by Henri Matisse and Andre Derain in 1904 and only lasted until 1908. Before this time, their work was (generally speaking) dark, full of neutral colors, realistic and serious. They decided to change things up quite drastically with this style of art. Characteristics of Fauvism include bright and unrealistic colors, flat compositions (not much sense of depth), the appearance of thickly outlined subjects, simplified and abstracted subjects, expressive brushwork and much more. I found this quick video that shows lots of Matisse's and Derain's paintings. Enjoy (you might need your sunglasses!).