Matisse Inspired Self-Portraits in Grade One

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What happens when you combine paper cutting Matisse style with cool grade one self-portraits ?  An opportunity show off some creativity and have lots of fun! I saw this lesson over at Incredibleart.org and thought I would give it a … Continue reading

Matisse Inspired Collages in Grade Three

Matisse is one of my favorite artists because I love the simplicity of his collages and kids can relate so much to his art in any grade level. We went online to find information about Henri Matisse and his artwork. The kids immediately fell in love with the vibrant colors in his collages and wanted to get to a pair of scisssors as fast as they could.

I set out colored paper around the classroom, glue bottles and scissors and let the kids go for it. I reminded them for this project they could either create panels for their backgrounds and fill them with organic shapes or simply do a collage filled with organic shapes. No pencils were allowed and they had to freely cut away. They also needed to plan their shapes and arrange them before glueing anything down.

They had such a great time and the result was colorful and beautiful. What do you think?

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