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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]JUDIEJ48
Sun, 25 May 1997 07:48:12 -0400 (EDT)
Denise, We had a big Matisse exhibit in Atlanta this year, and I took all of
my High School Art I Students (about 100) to see it. In preparation for the
visit, I showed a video of Matisse and we talked about his work. In class we
worked on painting patterns like the ones found in many of Matisse's
paintings of women. We used tempera (bright colors) on 18" by 24" colored
paper. When dry, I rolled the papers into cylinders and pinned them on a
piece of foamcore to create an abstract relief sculpture using Matisse's
Fauvist colors and rich patterns. The paintings took on a different quality
when altered by displaying it as a cylinder (8 or 10 cylinders on a piece of
foamcore) rather than a 2-D design.
A second project I did was to hand out post cards and calendar photos I had
picked up in the Museum Shop of Matisse cutouts. The students were to pick
one and using bright colored paper, compose a paper cutout in the style of
Matisse--drawing with scissors.
A third project was to use Matisse inspired shapes and compose a self
portrait, again using the bright colored paper and cutting out shapes, then
gluing them to compose an abstract self portrait. In addition to being
inspired by Matisse, the shapes were to represent emotions, charact-
eristics, and personalities of the students. They had great fun and the
finished products made a wonderful display afterwards.