The art of the 20th century was dominated by two men: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. They are not only great classical artists, they were visionaries. Matisse was known as the “King of the Fauves” for his bright bold colors. Elderly and confined to a wheel chair, he created an astonishing and innovative body of work. Matisse drew with scissors for his paper cuts. This lesson uses his paper cuts as inspiration for personality portraits. Using bright bold colors, the students in 3rd to 6th grade create personal symbols for 4 topics, while 7th to 12th grade concentrate on one area. The kindergarten to second grade leaners use geometric and organic shapes to develop bright and bold designs. The lesson is enhanced with a literacy component, having the third to twelfth grade student explain their topics.
All my lessons are copyrighted and for your use only. Please don't share them with your friends or colleagues.
PowerPoint “ Warm, Cool and Neutral Colors”
Handout “Warm and Cool Colors”
Handout “ Positive and Negative”
Handout “Analogous Colors”
Handout “Complementary Color”
Three rubrics: K to 2nd grade, 3rd to 6th grades and 7th to 12th grades
Self Assessment Rubric
Matisse Handout Short for 3rd to 6th Grades
Matisse Handout Long for 7th to 12th Grades
Matisse Note Taking Guide
Internet links for background information
Video links for the students