I am now teaching Artists and Art at Bear’s school. This week we focused on Matisse and his paper cut-outs. I love Matisse, and Bear and I have done a couple of Matisse projects already. You can find my Matisse artist cards here.
I found quite a few Matisse books. My favorite is still the Smart About Art book called Drawing with Scissors. I changed it up a bit as I read it to target it more to my 2.5 yr old to 6 yr old audience.
I had “saved as” a bunch of images from this site onto my laptop’s hard drive and played the images as a slide show for the children using Picasa. They loved this. The focus for this lesson was negative shapes and the creation of contrast by using negative and positive space in the artwork.
Since there was a wide age gap, some moms and I did a bit of prep work. We cut red and pink papers in various sized rectangles, folded them in half and drew a half heart on them. The children were mostly be able to cut them out on their own. They glued down their hearts to create their valentine. I didn’t get a photo of any of them because I was too busy helping the littlest ones.