Famous artist activities for kids can go well beyond just painting. Your little artist can use paper to make a colorful collage, ala Henri Matisse!
Matisse Collage Craft for Kids
Matisse, like many artists, told stories through his art. Even at age 81 (while he was confined to his bed), he created his paper cut-out The Thousand and One Nights. In telling the classic tale Arabian Nights through his art, Matisse used pictures instead of words. Your child can do the same – just, with her own story.
board) make an oversized artwork – like Matisse did with The Thousand and One Nights.
Matisse Art for Kids
- Card stock paper in different colors
- Clear-drying school glue
Cut out shapes. These can include geometric shapes (such as circles, triangles and squares) or your child can create free-formed organic shapes (squiggles and cloud-like or amoeba-like shapes). As she cuts out the shapes, have her compare the cut-out with what it was cut from. Putting the two
pieces side-by-side helps your child to better understand the concept of positive and negative space. The cut-out is the positive part, while the empty area left behind (where it was cut from) is the negative space. Use both pieces in the collage.
Pick out which pieces can help to tell the story.
Hang up the artwork. Encourage your child to tell her story, pointing out the different elements in her collage!