Lesson

Henri Matisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper (Elementary)

Lesson Overview

The student will be able explain Matisse’s process in creating a four-part work of art. Students will try to determine the subject of the works of art based on the images and discuss how Matisse uses simplified shapes to convey feelings or events. Students will select their own still life subject and create a sketch of it in one quadrant of their paper. In the next quadrant they will create a sketch that is more simplified, with less definition. Students will continue this process until they have a four-part work of art.

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Traditional Lesson

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

1, 2, 3, 5

Visual & Performing Arts

•    The art activity itself could vary widely in medium or other constraints. For students with low or impaired vision, for instance, the medium could be clay or other 3D media. Younger or less experienced students may be better suited to working with materials with which they are already familiar.
•    Extend the lesson as an ELA activity by asking students to add accompanying text to their images – for the first image they can write a whole paragraph, for the second, just a few sentences until they refine their image to a single word or phrase.
 

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Lesson Created By: SharlaBrown, Glenna Barlow