The cut outs of Matisse family travel activity was inspired by the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954). He studied and painted in the romantic city of Paris. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over half a century, won him recognition as a leading figure in the world of modern art.
This travel art can be done in:
- Hotel rooms
What you will need:
- Printed Matisse Cut Outs template
- A variety of brightly colored paper
- Safety scissors and a glue stick
- Print out the Matisse Cut Outs template.
- Put all drawing materials in a plastic lidded box ready for transporting. Give your children a tray to work on.
- Cut out a selection of abstract shapes from the colored paper using the template. Younger children may need help with this.
- Encourage your child to play around with the cut outs, arranging them in different ways to create abstract artworks. Talk with your child about his or her favorite shapes and colors.
- Once your child is happy with the masterpiece, glue the pieces down!
To see Matisse’s cut outs in person, visit the Tate Modern exhibition.
Diane Pagan graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a fashion/textiles degree. She is a UK mom who is passionate about creativity, and she set up The Imagination Box to share her treasure trove of ideas and inspire families to bring more art into their lives. Connect with her and get more great ideas at http://www.theimaginationbox.com/