Matisse - 1. First his assistants painted sheets of paper....

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Henri Matisse Drawing With Scissors Adapted From Presentations Created by Rock Ledge Elementary Fine Art Program, Seymour, WI Original Source: http://www.seymour.k12.wi.us/rle/art/grade_level_units.html
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Henri Matisse
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When Henri was 83 years old he made this paper cutout picture. Do you know what it is supposed to be?
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A Snail!!!
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Look Again… Do you see a snail?
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When Henri was an old he made cutout pictures. He was often sick and had to spend lots of time in bed. In bed it was easier to cut out pictures than use a paint brush !
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He called his new way of painting “Drawing with Scissors.” Most of his cutouts are free-form . In free-form art, the shapes are irregular and not geometric.
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Here’s how Henri made his cutouts:
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Unformatted text preview: 1. First his assistants painted sheets of paper. 2. Then Henri cut out shapes. 3. Henri would change the way they were arranged on the paper. 4. The last step was to paste the cutouts down on paper. Once Henri made 20 cutout pictures for a book called Jazz. Here is a picture from Jazz. Matisse always tried to layer the pieces he cut out. Layer means placing one piece over another. Even though Henri made most of his cutouts from bed, he used his memory to get his ideas. Henri was old and sick, but he kept on working. His daughter said that Henri worked right up to the day he died. People say some of his last cutout pictures are his best. Do you agree? Icarus...
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