Matisse and Eric Carle Inspired Paper Cutout Art

Last week we finished our lesson on Henri Matisse which I have to say, I was really proud of the kids and the projects they turned out! I introduced another famous artist named Eric Carle. You may know some of his books like the Hungry Caterpillar and the Grouchy Ladybug. All of the illustrations in his books are created using the painted paper method that we learned and we got some extra inspiration when I read Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. After reading our short story, we spent the rest of our time cutting patterns out of custrucion paper and gluing them on to the painted paper peices. The shapes that we used were the simple organic shapes that Henri Matisse loved.

The kids did really well using scissors and glue. I reminded them to keep their cutting hand still while moving the paper around the scissors instead of moving the scissors around the paper. For our K-3 graders we glued our patterns down we then had our first experience with oil pastels! Our 4th-6th graders used free hand techniques to make their own shapes and patterns. I gave them a few tips and they were off on their own. The pastels glide so easily over the paper and make such beautiful strokes when used on contrasting color paper. I was very happy with the final peices.

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