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Henri Matisse
Icarus (Jazz), 1947 Cut Paper
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Level: Junior
Grades: 3-5 | Age: 8-11 | Written by: Liliane Bohbot
[Liliane is an art educator Montreal, Canada.]

Students will create cut paper pictures in the style of master artist Henri Matisse.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Introduce Matisse.

  2. Bring some pictures of Matisse and discuss how he worked on decoupage in his later years while he was in a wheelchair and couldn't paint anymore. Matisse explained that those cut-outs were his best work.

  3. Proceed with the workshop by allowing the students to cut out shapes with three different colors of paper.

  4. The idea is to move away from representation and allow a composition from the assortment of pieces of paper.

  5. Leave a little time for clean up and critique.
Recommended Books/Products:

Matisse for Kids
by: Margaret Hyde

Henri Matisse (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
by: Mike Venezia

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