Matisse Paper Collage Art Lesson for Early Elementary
This is part of a series of 26 hands-on art lessons for Kindergarten and 1st grade. This lesson focuses on collages inspired by Henri Matisse. I used this plan while teaching a weekly 45 minute art class for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each lesson includes an art concept, introductory book, focus on an artist, and a variety of art techniques to make each lesson engaging & memorable. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!
Henri Matisse's Paper Cut-out Collages
1. To introduce the concept of Matisse's painting with scissors and collages, read Matisse's Garden by Samantha Friedman.
You will need: Matisse's Garden by Samantha Friedman or other children's book about Matisse and his paper collages
I read through a few books on Henri Matisse and hos paper collages. I thought this was the best read aloud for a young group. It has a short amount of text and vivid illustrations. It also includes photographs of 8 of his works. "Henri's Scissors" by Jeanette Winter would be another good option.
Guessing Game on Henri Matisse
2. Flip through about a dozen of Matisse's paper cut-out collages and have students guess what each collage is titled. Then tell them the title.
- Point out how some look like something (representational) and some are simply organic shapes.
- Point out some of the various organic shapes.
You will need: copies of some of Matisse's paper cut-outs
Creating Paper Cut-out Collages
3. Allow students to create their own paper cut-out collages. They can be representative or have organic shapes.
You will need per student: a large sheet of paper, various colors of construction paper, scissors, and Elmer's glue (Note: I let them use glue sticks as well, but they didn't hold the paper well.)
4. If desired, allow students to use a small amount of black tempera paint to add a few details.
You will need per student: paintbrushes, black tempera paint, and small palates (I use plastic lids)
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