of Matisse's work (or better yet find a Powerpoint!) and explain his
emphasis on shapes. Sometimes it is easy to imagine what he is portraying
and sometimes it really stretches the imagination. Matisse worked
at a time when he didn't have access to all the many kinds of colored
papers that we have today. He had to paint some of the paper to get
the colors he wanted. So will the students. At least one of the colors
of paper used on the project must be made by mixing acrylic paint.
to select a masterpiece that they will replicate with cut-outs. Remember,
not all famous masters were born in Europe.
begin any cutting and gluing, they need to plan their project in three
parts: Background, middle ground, and foreground. It makes the gluing
process so much easier if they get this organized in advance.
hint from the trenches: It is great that kids paint and mix
colors, but they should keep it to a minimum. They can waste a lot
of time and paint without getting much work done. And, when students
do paint some paper, be sure they first put their name and class on
the back of the paper.
If students want great detail in their work (and I always hope they
do) gluing little pieces can be a challenge. I find it works best
to squirt a little bit of glue on a piece
of scrap paper. Then, dip the point of an exacto knife, sharpened
pencil or paper clip into the glue. It helps to get a small amount
of glue in just the right place.
even more Helpful hints:
All paper in this project is from
recycled paper. Whenever my students cut out anything, the scraps
are saved. I use the boxes that photocopy paper comes in. One box
for each color of recycled paper. I also use scraps of paper and the
solution to completely cover each box.