I love art; I specifically love Henri Matisse. My love affair with his work started many years ago now my son has a Matisse print in his room, and I look at it every night as I snuggle him to bed. I think exposing our kids to fine art at a young age is a great idea, if they can find Dora in a busy toy store, why not appreciate Matisse, Klimt or Picasso? Matisse is a great artist to try to copy because in his final years he didn’t paint. Instead he used painted cut outs. It’s easy to collage in his style for a great tribute. We made our version of Matisse’s masterpiece
- Gather your materials. You will need multicolor scrap paper, plain white paper, scissors and glue.
- Look at the masterpiece you want to pay homage to. I love this painting and when I showed my son a few different ones he liked this the best.
- Cut the paper needed. I tried to copy the shapes and colors best I could, but there really is no need to be exact. If your child can cut let them cut it out.
- Add glue to the edges.
- Add the frame pieces.
- Have your child ad some glue and start placing pieces. At first I was directing it, and things were fine, but then I heard ” I do it!” so I conceded. If I am going to preach allowing your child to do it, I best practice that too.
- Add the rest.
- Let dry.
I am so excited my son had fun – especially after I sat down and played photographer only, because later when I showed him the Matisse on the computer, he said ” I make, glue!” which in his toddler language was ” I made that with glue!” I was so pleased that he got it!