Monday, October 26, 2015

Matisse Cut-outs

The second graders learned about Matisse's Drawing with Scissors technique - the art of creating cutouts.  A finished cutout is not just a messy, thoughtless collage of shapes haphazardly glued onto a piece of paper.  Oh no!  Cutouts take time and thought.  We were careful to add a bold example of positive and negative space with a geometric shape.  Organic shapes were then placed with care and thought next, trying to overlap in ways that move the viewer's eyes around.  Finally, smaller geometric shapes were cut in multiples to create repetition.  I think, even with failing eyesight at the age of 71, Matisse would be quite happy with this lovely and lively artworks!

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