Thursday, April 22, 2010

UE: Painting with Scissors






This week students have been designing dynamic compositions inspired by Henri Matisse's paper cut-outs. What I love about his work is the energy and rhythm that he captures through his organic shapes dancing across geometric landscapes. He called them "painting with scissors". The goal for this lesson was for students to understand how to make a strong composition. They first analyzed how Matisse achieved balance and movement in his paintings and then made color swatches out of tempera paint. When they dried, they cut out organic shapes from nature and arranged it in a way to make the eye travel across the picture.

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