Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Matisse Wild Beast Collage

My 7th hour students just finished up working on a multimedia painting project inspired by Henri Matisse and the Fauvist movement.  I found the inspiration for this project here- the Art at Becker Middle School blog is absolutely incredible.  Such wonderful ideas for lessons and projects!!

We started off by discussing Henri Matisse and the Fauvist movement.  We looked at several of Matisse's paintings focusing on his love for bright color.  Then we began drawing.

Students chose a wild animal to draw- there were no limits on the animal.  It could be any real or imaginary animal of their choosing.  The only requirement was that the drawing had to fill the page.  Then we outlined the drawings with black marker and colored them in using crayons.

Next we painted our backgrounds using liquid watercolors.  We went through a little bit of color theory, focusing on blending and mixing our watercolors.  The results are just beautiful!

Next we used some painted papers to cut out strange "matisse-style" organic shapes which we glued onto our painted backgrounds.

The final step was to cut out our animal and glue it down.  And of course we sealed it with Mod Podge.  Wonderful stuff :)  Here's some finished examples!

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