Make it Monday: Make a Matisse

March 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

A few weeks back we attended a Family Fun Day at the local art gallery. They currently have a Matisse exhibit and make your own Matisse was the theme of the art class. It was a lot of fun, so I thought I would share.

 A bit about Henri Matisse (you can read more here): Henri Matisse (1869 -1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour. In addition to being a painter, he was also a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he typically painted, during the early to mid-1940s Matisse was in poor health, and by 1950 he stopped painting in favor of his paper cutouts. This work has been labeled: The Cutouts; and it was his cutouts that inspired our Sunday afternoon art project at the art gallery. In fact, we viewed the Matisse exhibit after we did our art project and my daughter said, “Look Mommy, this looks like my art.”

Why spend a gazillion dollars decorating your walls when you can make your own art? Make and frame your own Matisse. Here’s how.

For this project you will need:

  •  a great imagination
  • one sheet of 11x14inch white paper (or the size of your choice)
  • coloured paper (a selection of colours)
  • glue stick
  • child friendly scissors
  • painting stencil*
  • paints (a selection of colours)
  • paint brush (a round, fat brush works best for stencils)
  • picture frame (optional)

Cut the coloured paper into a variety of shapes and sizes. Depending on the age of your child, they may or may not be able to help with this. If you have them, you can also use serrated edged scissors for added interest. Have your child randomly glue the paper shapes on a sheet of white paper. Once they are happy with the amount of colours and shapes, have them select a spot on their artwork for the stencil. Have an adult hold the stencil in place or tape it down so that the child can paint in the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and voila; your make-your-own-Matisse is complete and ready for framing.

*You can buy stencils at an arts and crafts store, or you can make your own. Simply print a silhouette of an animal, flower or whatever you desire from the Internet, or draw your own on heavy cardstock. (You may wish to adjust the size of the image in a graphics editor if using images from the Internet.) Carefully cut out the filled in areas of the silhouette and you have your own stencil that you can use again and again.


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