This Matisse-inspired art activity teaches technique as well as art appreciation and allows for individual creativity. Students create a stylized human figure, which they add to a colorful watercolor background. The art lesson requres no special materials and produces eye-catching results that make a colorful display.
A modified directed drawing strategy can be used to lead students through a process which is explained in easy-to-follow step-by-step directions.
Extend the lesson with a writing activity or a suggested companion art activity that reverses the design. Connect it to a science unit that deals with the human body or the human skeletal system.
This lesson includes the following:
- national visual arts standards information
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at art by Henri Matisse
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Included with this lesson is an art reflection worksheet
designed to help students reflect on their creative process and to think about how art communicates feelings or moods.
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
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.
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More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
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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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