By: Julie Goldstein
This week up in The Studio our CMP artists learned all about cutting shapes and creating colorful collages inspired by the books “Perfect Square” and “Drawing with Scissors”. They learned all about the artist Henri Mattise, who was famous for his colorful cut collages.
For some of our students, this was the first time using scissors and for others, well they cut shapes specifically to create a design or representational image such as a robot, garden or pirate ship.
Each piece is colorful, full of inspiration and thoughtful problem solving. During this lesson the children often express what they are creating and have discussions about how each piece is different. There is a storytelling component that is so wonderful to observe while the children use their imaginations to create work so art!
Snip colorful pieces of paper into a cut-work creation that expresses something you love or makes your heart happy. Use the style of drawing with scissors like Matisse to design a colorful cut-work masterpiece that reflects your personality.
*If your students are under the age 3, have them tear and rip paper to create shapes
- A pair of scissors for each student
- A bottle (or cup of glue with paint brush) of glue for each student
- A 9×12 sheet of drawing paper for each student (cut down to 4”x6”)
- Containers filled with colorful pieces of construction paper (I used plastic “tub-shaped”containers purchased at a dollar type store.) (The container needs to be at least 12” in depth.)
- “The Perfect Square” book
- Biographical information about the French artist, Henri Matisse
- Prints by Henri Matisse
- Read Perfect Square and Drawing with Scissors
- Demonstrate how to “draw with scissors”
What does “drawing with scissors” mean? What kind of tools do you use to draw?
Pencil, crayons, markers
What is the difference between an angular shape and a curvy shape?
- Pass out 4 sheets of colored papers (cut down to 4”x 6”)
- Play around with designs before applying glue
- Use a paintbrush and glue to apply to the paper or the backs of the shapes
- Create your collages
- Title the artworks
- Have Fun!