Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Matisse-Style Art for Kids
Before I could begin with the kids, I had to do a little brushing up on my own knowledge. I did that by reading this and this.
Then, I did a quick Google Images search for Matisse, and used the above sources to show the kids a variety of his works. We also own the Looking At Paintings series by Peggy Roalf, which is a fabulous resource thanks to its big, bold pictures and brief biographies on the artists themselves.The kids seemed particularly drawn to the cut paper art that he did toward the end of his life, when his health was failing. Matisse discovered that he could still be creative, if less mobile, by cutting paper in his wheelchair or in bed, and using an assistant to place the paper where he wanted it. Since this also seemed like a feasible place to start art with the kids, we decided to do what Matisse referred to as "drawing with scissors."
Next, it was onto the process. Here's what we did:
We assembled the tools: colored paper, white paper, scissors and glue. I also cut some shapes out ahead of time knowing that my toddler wouldn't be able to cut herself (she did rip some paper to include in her work, though!).