Looking out of Matisse’s windows

Fauvist art has always been a great lesson for young kids as their choice of colours is also as wild and as vibrant as the artists of that movement. For this lesson, we chose to look at Matisse’s windows. Children of age 6 – 8 made paintings on canvas at a workshop. They looked at and discussed some of the artist’s paintings, noted how complementary colours were used to enhance each other.

They started by placing their window on the canvas first. They proceeded to add the elements inside the room like a table, chairs, vases, etc. They painted what was seen outside the window.

Pattern was a very important element of Matisse’s paintings. The children selected some part of their painting to add pattern to. The final paintings were stunning. The kids were all very proud of their work.




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