Saturday, March 13, 2010

Self Portrait value Collage with Matisse

Sixth-Eighth Grade

PREPARATION: Take a black and white photo of each student. Include only their face.

DISCUSSION: Collage, value, Matisse
Look at one of Matisse's Portraits.
I choose a portrait of his wife:,%2Bportraits&usg=__OEKtW7IA47DWv3mB_sdbKn5btx0=&ei=0yacS-SkJIHcsgP-6_V9&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=3&ct=image&ved=0CAoQ9QEwAg
Discuss expressionism and his use of color
Discuss Value and balance of the piece
Talk about other art history of portraits, Pop Art, Van Gogh
Name careers where you might use portraits

Henri Matisse 1869-1954French Painter, Studied law until he was 21
Mother gave him a paint box after surgery and he discovered painting
He returned to work, and every morning before work, he attended drawing classes; at lunch time he would paint for an hour or so, and then return to work. After work he would paint till night fell. It was his life.
In 1891 set off for Paris.
Matisse began his journey of studies which ultimately lead him to his love of line, shape and color.
Matisse felt that his greatest influence had been the work of the artist Cezanne (1839 – 1906, French).
In the 1950‘s, Matisse began creating paintings using paint and paper cut outs.
In his last years, as he aged and fell ill, Matisse continued to paint, this time on the walls of his room, using a piece of charcoal attached to the end of a bamboo pole. He painted until his death in 1954.
Matisse had strong feelings about only one thing, the act of painting.
The purpose of these pictures, he always asserted, was to give pleasure.
For Matisse, painting was the rhythmic arrangement of line and color on a flat plane.
He had created the technique of striking contrasts, unmixed hues, flat planes of color (similar to Gauguin, 1848 – 1903, French)
expressive brush strokes (similar to Van Gogh, 1853 – 1890, Dutch).
Light was expressed, not in the method of the Impressionists, but with a harmony of intensely covered surfaces.

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Pass the 8x10 black and white photo to each student
Provide the students with scrap papers in 10 skin color tones
Ask the students to number their scrape paper from 1-10 light to dark
No find the values in your photograph
Create a map on the photo of each value and label it 1-10

example of a face half finished. This still shows the "paint by number" idea.

Begin tearing and place each scrap piece into it's number on the photo
Continue until its complete
My students worked on this project for three weeks

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