Art meets informational text with this math-integrated art activity, in which students use geometric and organic shapes in warm and cool colors to create a composition that shows rhythm and movement.
The lesson is introduced with a “looking at art” session that asks students to observe art work by Matisse art with a focus on types of shapes and colors used. After discussing Matisse’s work, students use color theory to choose the colors they will use for the background, a layer of geometric shapes, and a layer of organic shapes.three layers of the collage.
Matisse-inspired Geometric/Organic Collage is bundled with two other lessons in Abstract Art for Kids
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for art works by Matisse to use with the lesson
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- two suggestions for writing about art
- photographs of student work
- photograph of student response chart
• About Henri Matisse - informational text artist biography
• Thinking About Henri Matisse - a “draw and write” response worksheet
• My Abstract Art - an art reflection /art analysis worksheet
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Other artist-inspired art lessons:
- inspired by Keith Haring
Mona Lisa-inspired Self-Portrait
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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