Matisse Art Project for Kids


Matisse had a very colorful style to his artwork, and in his later years he used paper cut-out arranged on canvas to create beautiful, fluid scenes. Use our templates or your own precut designes to provide younger children with a simple cut and paste activity. Older children can be encouraged to draw with their scissors



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Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Gather up a bunch of colored construction paper….the brighter the better.

Step 2

Cut out a variety of shapes, if you have younger children help them with the more intricate cut-outs.

Step 3

Show them how they can use the “negative” of their cut-out as well.

Step 4

Arrange the bigger pieces in the background. Show them how to overlap.

Step 5

Add in more and more pieces to your paper.

Step 6

Cut around the edges to clip any overhanging paper. If you like you can provide representations of Matisse for children to add to their work (like have pink horse or dancing silhouette… Something that is common throughout each students work

All Done



Comments (3)

  • Rhea Reply

    Great project. I’m an art teacher in a bilingual district and this is a real help due to the simplicity
    of the directions.
    Thank you

    May 1, 2015 at 10:54 am
    • Valerie McClintick

      So glad this art project was successful with your students Rhea!

      May 3, 2015 at 6:53 am
  • Terri Barden Reply

    I am leading a summer camp Famous Artist For Preschoolers and this information is very helpful. Thanks so much!

    May 18, 2018 at 11:42 am

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