May 20, 2014
Students across all levels are studying the artist Henri Matisse. We have read picture books, information books, watched videos and even listened to Art Curators talk on podcasts about this famous artist. The exhibition at the Tate Modern art gallery in London has inspired this study of Matisse’s famous paper Cut Outs.
The Foundation students will focus on colour choice and scissor techniques as they study ‘The Snail’. This will lead the way to their own version of mini beasts being shown through colour and movement of shape. What are the primary colours? What are secondary colours?
Can you see the complimentary colours in Matisse’ work? Can you guess how big this art work is in real life? Leave us a comment with your answers.
The Grade 1/2 students are extending their scissor technique as they create their own version of Matisse’s paper cut outs. What do you see when you look at this work titled, La Gerbe?
Come and see 1/2C’s La Gerbe in the Art room.
We positioned the complimentary colours next to each other so they stand out. Using the scissors to cut the organic shapes is very difficult and all students have concentrated well to achieve this result.
The Grade 3/4 students have been studying the still life drawings of Matisse’s early career. This piece titled Goldfish, allows us to focus on back ground choice of colour and shape. We used real indoor plants as inspiration to draw our version looking at shapes in plants and flowers.
Next we will incorporate HWPS Science week into our Art program and explore how oil pastels and water colour paint don’t mix. We will sprinkle salt over the top of our painted gold fish bowls to create an effect of air bubbles in the final finish.
We can’t wait to try it out!
The Grade 5/6 students have been combining the still life drawings with Matisse’s final Paper Cut Out works. This piece titled, The Two Dancers, has inspired us to draw figures showing movement.
Come and see the drawings on display in the foyer of the school and on the Art Blog.
We will transfer the skills we learned in making the body in correct proportions when we create our own paper cut out versions.