Wednesday, January 9, 2013

James Rizzi

    James Rizzi

James Rizzi was born in 1950 in Brooklyn. He studied art in Florida (Gainesville), where he started experimenting with printing, painting and sculpting. Rizzi’s work often shows his birthplace New York. His paintings look sometimes childishly naive, with the bright colours and brilliant gaiety. In the art press Rizzi is often described as "Urban Primitive Artist '. Rizzi himself says he is influenced by Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet.

Show some paintings of Rizzi and discuss the characteristics: 

  • bright colors
  • no gradations within colors
  • everything is outlined with a black marker
  • houses have human faces/characteristics
  • the artwork is full and busy
  • background is full too


Teacher's sample.. later I added faces to the buildings
Seattle skyline .. "Rizzi" style

 My preschoolers


Great use of paint chips.
We also used markers and cotton balls!! the kids loved the idea of faces on the buildings.


    1. Great idea using paint chips! My mom works at a hardware store; I'm going to have to give her a ring. :) What a fun project!

    2. So cute. I am in love with the 1st preschoolers piece. I know my Uncle would of loved it so much he probably would of offered to buy it from you. Thank you for teaching his art and keeping his memory alive.