Friday, April 11, 2014

Matisse Cutouts

This is a recent project from 1st grade.  We started the lesson by watching several youtube short biography video's and montage clips on Matisse.  I love doing these Matisse cutouts, because it  challenges them to use their cutting skills.  You can really get an idea of the students motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  We talked about some of the types of cutouts Matisse did, like the starburst, splash, spirals, zigzags and wavy lines.  Students kept both positive and negative cutouts and could use both parts of each of their shape as part of the final arrangement.  We spent a total of 4 days and ended the lesson with one of my favorite art books,  When Pigasso Met Mootisse, by Nina Laden.











 






16 comments:

  1. These are fantastic! Your students did such a great job putting their pieces together! :)

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    1. Thanks Mrs. C, Matisse is always a fun artist study.

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  2. Fabulous!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Love it! (My favorite artist, too!) Pinning!

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  4. Could you share the links for some of the videos you show? Can't wait to do this project :)

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  5. Hi Shannon. Here are a couple of youtube videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN0okOq8Hyc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLgSd8ka0Gs

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  6. Such a lovely lesson and I thought the video links you shared were very inspirational as well. I can't wait to do this lesson with my art students.

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    1. Thanks Shauna. I appreciate you stopping by!! Blessings :)

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  7. I have taught a very similar lesson using Mike Venezia's "Getting to know the World's Famous Artists- Matisse". It is also great to show students "La Betes de la Mer" and have them be art detectives and try to figure out what the title means in English. Great lesson though.. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh great. I'll have to look these up. Thanks for the suggestions. Thanks for stopping by DDSS!

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  8. Hi Shelly,

    This is wonderful! I am planning on doing this with my 1st graders after seeing the cut-outs exhibit at the MOMA. What size paper did you use and did you have each student complete one or three projects? I wasn't sure based on the pictures above.

    Thanks so much!

    Molly

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    1. Hi Molly. Thanks so much. Each child completed on piece. I just grouped them together for the photo. On this Matisse cutout project they each were given a six by twelve sheet to do their gluing. I just cut the twelve by eighteen in half long ways. Have fun!

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  9. Thanks, great idea to use all those random bits of paper that always seem too good to bin. Thanks for video links and instructions. We will be doing it.

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