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Matisse Inspired Watercolor Painting

Use simple crayons and watercolors to make this Matisse inspired art project. Watercolor paint over crayon patterns will make a colorful work of art.

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Did you know that Matisse and Picasso were good friends before they became rivals? That must have made for interesting times.

All I know is that Matisse was a master of colors and patterns, and that look can easily be explored with marker, crayons and watercolors.



It’s a sample from my “ELEMENTS OF ART” ebook in my PDF Shop.

Included are twenty-five art projects that explore the Elements of Art, along with lessons about art history, famous artists, and more.

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  1. PREP: Cut 9″ x 12″ paper in half to make 6″ x 9″ sheets for students.
  2. Students draw a simple vase and flowers as shown in the tutorial.
  3. The drawing is traced with a black Sharpie.
  4. Patterns are added with crayons.
  5. The drawing is painted with liquid watercolors. Contrasting colors are recommended so the crayons can show up nice and bright.

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