Henri Rousseau and Painting from Imagination

It's hot and steamy outside, the kids have run out of things to do... in other words, it's August.

Well, hot steamy August days with nothing to do are perfect for taking a trip (in your imagination) to a far-away tropical jungle, and then painting your adventure.

Henri Rousseau was most famous for his paintings of jungle scenes, but even more amazing than his lush and vibrant art is the fact that he never left France in his entire life.

He was inspired by trips to the botanical garden in Paris, and by children's books depicting exotic island landscapes, and he used this inspiration to teach himself to paint.  

When I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream.
— Henri Julien Félix Rousseau

Take a dream and make it real!

Collect a few books from around the house, spend a few hours at your local park or garden, or visit a travel website that features tropical locations. Once your kids have an idea of what they'd like to paint or draw, get out the art supplies and have fun!

Need a few more ideas to get you started? Download this list of art prompts that will get you started right away if you don't have time to explore a location/books/website.

You may just be able to take a mini vacation of your own while your kids work on their art, so pour yourself an iced coffee and grab you favorite magazine!

...and enjoy!

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How did your kids like their pretend vacation and painting a scene from their imagination? Let me know about it in the comments below, or find me on social media. I'd love to chat with you!