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Matisse Shamrocks

This art project was brought to us by The Creative Can Art Studio.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. Later in life Matisse had difficulty painting due to health issues. He didn’t let that stop him from being creative. Matisse started creating cut paper works of art. He called this “painting with scissors.

“Creativity takes courage.”

Two Masks (The Tomato) 1947.

MATERIALS - Colored paper (or painted white paper like Matisse used), oil pastels or crayons, scissors, pencils, and glue.

STEP 1 - Use oil pastels to add texture and pattern to colored paper.

STEP 2 - Draw shamrocks or other shapes on the back of the treated paper. Don’t worry if you make mistakes. No one will see this side.

STEP 3 - Cut out organic shapes (like shamrocks) and geometric shapes (circles, squares, etc).

STEP 4 - Arrange cut shapes on a separate piece of paper and glue down.

There is no wrong way to do this. Be creative and have fun!

DISCUSS - Texture, organic and geometric shapes, scissor safety. Don’t let anything stop you from being creative.

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