Combine bright colors with a Christmas tree to create fun abstract Christmas art inspired by famous artist, Henri Matisse! Make your own Christmas tree collage inspired by the shapes of Matisse. Matisse art for kids is also a great way to explore art with kiddos of all ages. All you need is some paint, a sheet of art paper, and our free printable template you will find below!
MATISSE CHRISTMAS TREE ART FOR KIDS
At the end of his career, Henri Matisse began creating artwork using cut paper and gouache paint, a natural watercolor paint that dries opaque. He learned how to draw with scissors, after health issues had him confined to a wheelchair. Matisse used brightly colored paper and scissors to cut out shapes, animals, leaves, dancers and flowers. Then he would arrange them in unique designs.
The cut-outs were created in distinct phases. First, the raw materials – paper and gouache, were purchased and then the two materials were combined. Studio assistants painted sheets of paper with gouache. Matisse then cut shapes from these painted papers and arranged them into compositions.
Make your own “drawing” with shapes as inspired by Matisse with this fun Christmas art project. Let’s get started!
MATISSE CHRISTMAS TREE ART
- Matisse shapes template
- Colored markers
- Acrylic paints
- Canvas or art paper
- Paper towel
STEP 1. Print the Matisse shapes template.
STEP 2. Color the shapes with markers and cut out.
STEP 3. Paint a blank canvas or art paper with acrylic paint.
STEP 4. Dab the wet paint with a paper towel to create a textured look.
STEP 5. Glue the branched tree onto the painted canvas. Then place the “ornaments” anywhere you like on your Christmas tree!
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