Thursday, September 18, 2014

Little Artist: Matisse

As part of our art curriculum for school this year we have decided to study one famous artist a week. This is part two in our "Little Artist Series" If you missed part one: Piet Mondrian, make sure you check it out.

Our artist for this week is Henri Matisse and our project was to explore painting with scissors.

Matisse was famous for his painting with scissors technique, it made for an excellent easy art project that is perfect for a kid just learning how to use scissors to an older child who obviously has their scissor skills down. 

Making art fun has some a great resources that offers kid friendly biographies on artists, check out this one on Matisse.

Supplies needed for this project:
White paper
Construction paper. 
(This was a great chance for me to use up some paper scraps)

If you have followed along with me for a while you know that I absolutely love kids crafts that are simple and don't require a lot of steps. It doesn't get much easier than this project guys. 

Simply cut the paper into any shape and glue them to the paper. 

I tried to persuade her to keep going but little Miss was pretty satisfied when she stopped here. 

Thank you Mr. Matisse for showing us that abstract art can be as simple as playing with paper and scissors. 

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  1. I love the tongue action going on as she concentrates. :-) I bet your girls will truly appreciate art galleries in the future thanks to this early learning. :-)

  2. I love her determination with the tongue as she is cutting! I do that too!!!

  3. So cute!!! I cant wait to do this with Hallie one day!

    1. Thank you! Hope you have as much fun as we did!

  4. Such a fun and different way to paint.
    Love Marissa's tongue sticking out - you can see how much she is concentrating!

  5. I love how easy you make it seems to incorporate art/art history into daily lessons. I'm pinning this post to share with my girlfriends with older kiddos.