Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Henri Matisse & Icarus

Last week, we read Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Jane O'Connor (part of the Smart About Art series we really enjoy). Then, we spent some time looking at another book at a some of the artwork Matisse included in a book called "Jazz." This is a book of art Matisse made using cutouts. Matisse created this book in his 70's when he was in poor health and couldn't draw or paint easily. He would cut out pieces and then arrange them until he was happy with the result.


I like that Alexandra made up her own artwork. This is "my" closet and I LOVE the Winnie the Pooh sweater she has hanging up - I really do have a Pooh sweater. :-)




I am not as creative and I did my own version of one of Matisse's pieces in "Jazz" - this one is called Icarus. After viewing Matisse's version of Icarus, we discussed the myth of Icarus & his father, Daedalus. Alex has a "Book of Virtues" video of this story, so we watched it also.


Then, we watched this incredible Lego version of the story. Now, I want to learn how to do some stop motion movies. If anyone has any tips or hints, please let me know!

6 comments:

Robin said...

Jennifer, from Toad Haven does quite a few of those with her kids. They turn out really cool.
GB and I have done a really rudimentary one. We just took a picture and barely moved GB's army men and then took another, and another, etc. Until we had a whole movie. It's fun, but time consuming.

live4evermom said...

That was so cool. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

I can't wait to get back into artist study! We've taken a break from all school as usual this summer, but this post has me itching to get out the scissors and Henri Matisse books!

Jimmie said...

Bookmarking for future reference. Matisse is on the list for next school year. :-)

Cheryl said...

Hi Dana!
Thank you for sharing this artist study. It came out wonderful. Your dd is very talented.
Blessings
Cheryl

Evelyn said...

What a fun way to experience Henri Matisse in a fun, hands-on way.

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