Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Using any color media- Explore Intimisim in you journals.  The outcome maybe a completed artwork/drawing/painting or it may be a 2-3 page art historical investigation and analysis with you practicing techniques and concepts used.

Intimist Interior

Intimism: Late 19th- and early 20th-century painting.

Subject matter: Intense exploration of the domestic interior .

Major Artists: Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard

Goal: To convey the warmth, comfort, and quiet isolation of interior scenes.


Bonnard and Vuillard used the Impressionist broken-colour technique of capturing the light and atmosphere of the fleeting moment. But unlike the Impressionists, who derived their colours from precise observation of the visual world, these painters exaggerated and distorted natural colour to express mood.

Their works celebrate pattern and ornament, challenge the boundaries that divide fine arts from crafts, and, in many cases, complement the interiors for which they were commissioned.

Henri Matisse may be the true heir to this tradition, as he infused grand decoration with colorist abstraction to create a new style that belonged fully to his own historical moment.


Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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