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Make a Matisse Collage

I created this Henri Matisse for kids art project to encourage students to see how much more interesting their art can become when they layer it.

henri matisse for kids

These directions encourage them to place tiny shapes on top of medium shapes, on top of large shapes.

Henri Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of color. After losing the ability to paint late in life, he explored and mastered the art of paper cut outs. 

• View and download Matisse Collage Tutorial

Card stock paper, black
Card stock paper, multi-colored
• Scissors
• Glue stick

1. Print a tutorial for each student. The collage is started by cutting our four boxy type shapes. They are glued to a sheet of black card stock.
2. Large and medium type shapes are cut from the card stock and glued on top of the boxes in a balanced manner.
3. Small detailed pieces are cut and glued into the remaining spaces on the layout.

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