Kindergarten and Henri Matisse

The kindergarten students and I look at a bunch of prints by Henri Matisse (his shape ones) and describe what shapes and colors we see.  First, the students quickly name the shapes that have names - square, rectangle, swirl - then they get into the organic shapes - bush, leaf, tree, octopus.   We talk about how those shapes that look different to everyone are called organic shapes.

Next the students observe and report what they notice about the colors -- mostly solid, bright colors.  Most of the time one student in class will observe how most of the organic shapes sit on top of geometric shapes.

After our discussion/exploration of Henri Matisse I demonstrate how to make geometric and organic shapes with my scissors out of scrap paper.  I remind them how to use glue and turn them loose with their own papers.

This is a great lesson to work on using scissors while having everyone succeed in the learning target - a picture inspired by Henri Matisse.

1 comment:

Christine said...

Thank you! I have been trying to incorporate some art into my weekly schedule. Your simple application has given me an idea. I think I will do it. My problem is that I am not good at art but I will let the children do their thing. I love Matisse