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Matisse Organic Trees and Mixed Media Mural

Even though my school year might be starting to wrap up, I am far from being done.
  I love keeping those little artists engaged in Art! Creating colorful, fun projects.
What better way than to make beautiful organic tree projects and a mixed media village mural,
 inspired by Henri Matisse’s beautiful landscapes of the beautiful town in Collioure, France.
Here are the details:
Students created a mural to be displayed in the school’s office. Students used scrap painted paper and cut geometric shapes to create their houses. 

After each student glued their houses on the background paper, they then created trees 
with scrap painted paper.
Finally, some students painted the background and add big organic shaped trees while others chose to work in groups to build their own villages with wooden blocks.
Lastly, a few outlined in black tempera paint.
Matisse Tree Cover
If you are interested in the full lesson, the digital lesson is available at the shop.
Project One creates Organic Shape Trees inspired by the painting The View of Collioure.
Project Two creates a cooperative class Matisse Village Mural that uses mixed media and is also inspired by a The View of Collioure.

Both lessons provide a collaboration between organic shapes, elements of art, composition and color along with art history.
Included in this 15-page digital lesson plan:
Step by Step full-color photo tutorials for each lesson
Art historical background about Matisse
Timeline of Matisse’s life
Supplies needed for both projects
Artist’s Quotes
Helpful Hints
Student galleries
National Core Art Standards checklist

Each project requires 1-2, 40-minute art sessions depending on grade level.
Thanks for stopping by!
Keep on Creating!
Laura 🙂

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  • Reply
    Kelsey Lapin
    April 28, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Tried looking for the answer on your blog but couldn't seem to find it. What kind of paper do you create the painted paper on? I was thinking just 90lb white but I do have wallpaper books and I know that is sometimes a better route for less curling….

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    Somerset Wedding Girl
    April 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    You've done Matisse brilliant artistic justice here I think! I love the vivid use of colour.

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    sara elmore
    May 27, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I have the hardest time finding good black tempera paint, what brand do you use?

  • Reply
    May 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Sara, I use Dick Blick Premium. It works great! Nice and Opaque. 🙂

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