December 31, 1869- November 5, 1954
December 31, 1869- November 5, 1954
I began this unit on Matisse by showing the video "Dropping in on Matisse", then reading the book "Drawing with Scissors". I read on more on my own the book "Matisse from A to Z". I am totally hooked on Matisse for some reason. So, I decided to try three lesson inspired by the artist this year.
The first one is...
PICTURE IN A PICTURE
(worksheet below created by Tabitha Seaton)
(This is a new lesson I will be doing soon, examples coming soon...)
Haley A. 8th grade
Kimberley R. 7th grade
Angel S. 8th grade
Autumn B. 8th grade
Rosie, 7th grade
Chloe, 6th grade
Aracely, 7th grade
Alexis A., 7th grade
Emily A. 7th grade
Hailey j. 6th grade
WILD BEAST WINDOWS
Matisse was always bringing the outside in. He loved to work indoors, but look outside. He was like a goldfish in a bowl, a spectator always looking out but being protected from the elements.
So, he brought the light into his work by opening up all the windows. He always enjoyed using colors that "sing" since he was a Fauve (Wild Beast in English).
So, we are going to create a window that brings the outside into us.
Lets use the same wild colors that Matisse uses. They don't have to make sense.
Trees can be pink and purple, the sky can be green! The crazier the better.
Choose colors like a wild beast! Matisse would love it...
Mrs. Seaton's Windows
1. Have the kids make an "X" on their paper with the corners of the "X" meeting the corners of the paper. The center of the "X" becomes the Vanishing Point. Let them know that the vanishing point is always on the horizon line of the landscape that they will create later.
2. Make an opening for the window by creating a rectangle. All corners of the rectangle must match up with the lines of the "X". Each corner of the window will rest on the "X". (use a ruler)
3. Create a sill under the window to put objects on. These objects can be something important to the artist to share with us their personality. Matisse usually put goldfish, plants, or flowers on his tables. I put my daily devotional book, my prayer shawl, my Chai Tea and my cat.
Kids can put a football, their favorite book, or their phone in the sill.
4. Make a patterned curtain (Matisse loved wild prints) or use the vanishing point
to create shutters or lines on the ceiling.
*I will count points for this or bonus (depending on level of grade).
5. Draw a landscape of choice. Matisse usually showed a sunny, hot place by the sea (his favorite).
I drew a hiking path at the Nature Preserve.
Students can draw their favorite vacation spot, their front yard, or downtown city streets.
Draw Draw Draw, be creative...
Matisse thought that art was not meant to look like a photograph. So, don't mimic realistic nature, draw what is in your imagination.
6. Now color crazy! Go pick the brightest colors you can find! Find the crayons, markers, and colored pencils that sing the loudest and use those for your picture.
(above in colored pencils by Tabitha Seaton)
(above in Acrylic Paint by Tabitha Seaton)
(above in crayon by Tabitha Seaton)
Mrs. Seaton's Student's Windows
These are older examples that we painted. After we were done we hung them in the halls above the lockers to give a view into our artistic imaginations...
PAPER CUT OUTS
His place was a mess, filled with scraps of painted paper everywhere.
Mrs. Seaton's Examples
I did this paper cut out when my first daughter Maisy was very small.
It shows the joy of a new mother as her girls grows.
I did this paper cut out after I had gone through a spiritual transformation
to a Christian retreat in 2008.
I made these 2 above between 2009&2011
student examples from Mrs. Seaton's class