DBAE teachers will like how Matisse got started in sculpture. His
first sculpture was after one made by Antoine-Louis Barye, "Jaguar
Devouring a Hair". You can find the Barye work easily on line. I
didn't find the Matisse version in a quickie Google search - but it
may be online. I can imagine how Matisse might have done it. (He did
not copy the Bayre work - he did it in his own style).
Snippets from the article:
>>"Matisse's bronze version of the Barye sculpture is near the
entrance to "Matisse: Painter as Sculptor," a stunning exhibition at
the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Barye is there too. Together they are
worth considerably more than a thousand words, however lavished with
illustrations those words might be."
>>"This show centers on nearly 50 of the 82 sculptures that Matisse
completed. Drawings, prints and paintings are interspersed, creating a
continual interplay across mediums. That Matisse saw drawing as a form
of sculpture is borne out repeatedly here. Even his simplest line
drawings are explorations of three-dimensional possibilities, and
often surge ahead of the sculpture."