3rd Grade “Mini-Matisses”

In 2nd Grade we learned about Henri Matisse and his paper cut-outs. This year we learned about his still life paintings, and interiors. We identified organic shapes, pattern, and his use of bright colors.

We used his painting “goldfish” as inspiration. Our goal was not to copy, but to use elements of the painting (fish bowl, table, organic shapes) and organize them in a different way.

These beautiful paintings took about 3 weeks. During that time the students learned a variety of painting techniques, how to choose the best “tool” (brush) for the job, and use and care of materials and tools.

Below is Matisse’s “Goldfish”, followed by the 3rd grade interpretations and variations.

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