Matisse: A Still life Study.


Ahhhh Summer!  Love the long days, the beautiful flowers and the yummy fresh produce available. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching but I always love to recharge my batteries right after the last week of school.  We loaded up the VW van and headed to Florida. Actually, the Everglades.

It was so fun exploring through the wetlands areas
of Everglades National Park. We walked passed many butterflies, alligators and turtles. We also headed to the beach and found tons of starfish and sand dollars, but one of my favorite spots was a fun roadside fruit market, with every type of fresh tropical fruit.


That got me thinking about Matisse and his love of the tropical area of the South of France.

Matisse loved creating beautiful still lifes containing flowers and bowls of fruit. Some of my last projects of the year that my students created were inspired by Matisse.

These art lessons are based on Matisse’s paintings from his
studio in France.

If your students love to paint, these delightful mixed media projects are perfect for your art lesson library.


I love using bold, bright colors of tempera paint splashed on paper. These 3 art lessons, inspired by the artist Henri Matisse, are simple, successful and fun.

Project 1 – Room with Patterns is inspired by Matisse’s beautiful paintings of interior rooms containing patterned walls, tables containing bowls of fruit and vases with flowers.


Project 2 – Plate of Apples focuses on the beauty of a plate of apples. Totally adorable and a successful project for all.

Project 3 – Still Life Vase with Flowers and Fruit is a pattern on pattern project. This project is an explosion of color. Students create a vase containing flowers with a cluster of fruit nearby.

These projects cover grades 1-5, but anyone will love creating these masterpieces.

These lessons provide a collaboration between organic and geometric shapes, elements of art, various media, composition and color along with art history.

Included in this 57-page digital lesson plan:
Step by step full-color photo tutorials for the 3 lessons
Background info about Matisse and still life paintings
Matisse timeline
Vocabulary and learning objectives
Supplies needed for each project
Reproducible Shapes Handout
Reproducible Vase Shapes Handout
Reproducible Fruit Shapes Handout
Reproducible circle templates
Student Galleries
I Can statements
National Standards
Vocab cards
Reproducible Artist Statement
How To Make Painted Paper
2 reproducible coloring sheets for easy finishers
11″ x 17″ poster

Each project requires at least 2, 40-minute art sessions depending on grade level.


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Laura xox



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