Friday, February 25, 2011

Collage Overlapping with Matisse

still life: group of object placed together in interesting ways
Perspective: near and far
Overlapping: one object covering a portion of another object
Look at Matisse’s work: "Red Interior: Still Life on a Blue Table," by Henri Matisse 45 5/8 by 35 inches, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, 1947
What colors does he choose
   Do they help tell the story
What about the lines he chooses 
What do we know about zig zag lines and the color red?
What story does it tell?
Can we tell what time of year or day it is?
What might it smell like
Do you have any other sensory reaction to the scene?

Construction paper scrappys in all colors
9x12 construction paper for window frame
Paint brushes
sheet of white card stock for our exterior (8x11)

ARTIST: Henri Matisse 
French 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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PROJECT:  Could take two weeks
Step 1: on your white card stock create a view from your window. Use weather from your favorite time of year
Step 2: set your painting aside for it to dry
Step 3: cut out a window frame from construction paper
Step 4: on a large piece of construction paper use marker to create wallpaper
Step 5: cut out a chair or table from construction paper
Step 6: cut out a pet or a vase of flowers from construction paper
Step 7: create a piece of fabric for your table or chair with markers and paper, cut it out
Step 8: cut out a piece of carpet from construction paper
Step 9: glue all of the objects on your page, create depth
Step 10: clean up

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