Art Time Allotted: 45 minutes
Lesson: Vegetables by Matisse
Students will create works of art using organizational principles to achieve the desired effect of a Matisse-like piece of art.
Students will be able to tell the difference between a geometrical shape and an organic shape.
Create, present and perform works of art.
AR.03.CP.01 Use experiences, imagination, essential elements and organizational principles to achieve a desired effect when creating, presenting and/or performing works of art.
Class set of black construction paper
Class set of different colored construction paper (red, yellow, green, purple, blue, brown)
Class set of glue sticks
Class set of scissors
Henri Matisse, was a painter for most of his life, began making collages in his later years when he could no longer stand at an easel. We will watch a small clip of Matisse cutting out and placing shapes, creating his own collage. We will look at some Matisse collages as well.
In this lesson we will learn about geometric and organic shapes before we create our own collages. Geometric shapes will be the base of our piece and the organic vegetables will be placed on top of the base. Looking at examples of real vegetables will help us to "draw" the organic shapes with our scissors.
I made a short Power Point to go with this lesson.
Matisse video link:
Body of lesson:
Introduce the topic of Henri Matisse to the class.
Watch the 37 second clip of Matisse cutting out paper.
“Henri Matisse, was a painter for most of his life, began making collages in his later years when he could no longer stand at an easel.
Let’s watch a small clip of Matisse cutting out and placing shapes, creating his own collage.”
*Watch Matisse clip.
“Ok, so does anyone know the difference between geometric and organic shapes?”
Take answers from class.
Examine pictures of organic and geometric shapes.
Go back to Matisse Vegetable collage and point out both the geometric and organic shapes.
Show class an example of student work:
2. Outline the steps of the project for the students.
“Please take one black piece of paper and a few pieces of colored paper. Cut out as many geometric shapes that you can to fill up your black paper. When you have glued all of your geometric shapes onto your paper come over to Mt. Hood table and show me your work. You can pick out new paper at this point from Mt Hood table to cut out your vegetables!
If you need to see the example again I will put it up on the overhead.
Just a quick note! Share your paper with each other! If you have cut several geometric shapes offer the rest of the paper to your table mates!”
“Ok! Get cutting and gluing!”
At this point this is more of a management issue of cleaning up.
At the 30 minute mark I will gather the attention of students and let them know that they only have 8 minutes to finish cutting and gluing.
After this point, with 7 minutes remaining I will remind them to put their names on their artwork:
“Please put your names on your piece. I will not accept your work without your name on it!”
At this point the instructions for cleaning will be to give their signed work to me and clean up their tables. Table items that need to addressed:
Put glue caps back on and into the basket at the center of the table.
Any paper scraps can go into the recycling bin.
Pick up any paper that is on the floor.
I will know the students have accomplished the objective of the lesson through their piece of artwork.
Are the shapes they put down first geometric shapes?
Are the vegetables cut into organic shapes?
Does their piece of art look similar to the examples?