Your email*

Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Matisse inspired collage

Created on November 10, 2014 by KDeMint

I use this lesson to review free form and geometric shapes, gluing skills and to teach about the artist Matisse.I also like to pair this lesson with a Picasso Lesson and show Storyline Online (WHEN PIGASOO MET MOOTISE)

16 Keeps, 2 Likes, 0 Comments

I can create and identify organic and geometric shapes.
I can use glue properly.
I can learn about the artist Henri Matisse

Construction paper

Need these materials? Visit Blick!

Day 1: Review geometric and organic shapes. Introduce students to the artist Henri Matisse and look at some of his cutouts. Share clip of Matisse cutting...
Begin cutting geometric shapes for background.
Day 2: Review shapes and Matisse. Continue cutting geometric shapes and glue on background. Then begin cutting organic shapes. Demonstrate how to cut geometric shapes such as a spiral. Glue down shapes.
Day:3 Finish adding shapes and prepare work for display. Students can draw an arrow on the back to show what direction they would like their picture to hang. Sign collage with sharpie.

Can students identify the difference between geometric and organic shapes? Did they use glue properly? Did they follow directions?

Follow up this lesson by teaching about Picasso.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Henri Matisse


Unity/Harmony, Shape, Rhythm/Pattern, Movement, Contrast, Balance


English/Language Arts