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.
Extend the activity by having students write about how math is integrated into their art work or by having them read about Matisse and respond to informational text.
Matisse-inspired Geometric/Organic Collage 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
Also included: -Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Henri Matisse - informational text artist biography
• Thinking About Henri Matisse - a “draw and write” response worksheet
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.
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Matisse-inspired Geomentric/Organic Collage is bundled
with two other lessons in Abstract Art for Kids - Inspired by Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse
Other artist-inspired art lessons you might enjoy:
- 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
Creating Art With Kids
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