Matisse Mixed Media Mural: The View of Collioure


I love using big brushstrokes of bold bright colors splashed on paper. These brushstrokes help make the painted paper students use in my classroom to create beautiful masterpieces.



Here are two colorful lessons inspired by the artist Henri Matisse’s painting View of Collioure. The town of Collioure is situated in France near the sea. Matisse used organic shapes and bold, bright colors as expression in his artwork.

Project #1 creates organic shaped trees inspired by Matisse’s View of Collioure painting.

Project #2 is also inspired by View of Collioure and creates a cooperative class village mural using mixed media.


These lessons provide a collaboration between organic and/or geometric shapes, elements of art, composition and color, along with art history. They are great for ages 5 – 9, but any age student can create a beautiful masterpiece using these directions.

Included in this 34 page pdf:
Step by Step full-color photo tutorials for each lesson
Background info about Matisse
Matisse Timeline
Vocabulary words & learning objectives
Supplies needed for both projects
Student galleries
I Can statements
National Standards
Vocab cards
Shapes handout
Reproducible Artist Statement
How To Make Painted Paper
Reproducible coloring sheet for early finishers
11″ x 17″ poster

Each project requires 1-2, 40-minute art sessions depending on grade level.

If you are interested in the full lesson,
the digital lesson is available at the shop.
Thanks for stopping by!
Keep on Creating!


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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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