Matisse on the cabinet!

What an idea! A large collage with adhesive paper to decorate the  cabinets of art room! Which artist, if not Matisse, can give us the inspiration to brighten up our classroom?   … [Read more...]

Inspired by Matisse Cut-Outs

An important exhibition in 2014 at the Tate Modern in London was dedicated to a giant of modern art  Henri Matisse (Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, 17 April - 7 September 2014). This exhibition explored the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. We were inspired by Matisse cut-outs to create these collages following the … [Read more...]

A portrait by Picasso made ​​with collage

In this exercise, one of the famous Cubist portraits painted by Picasso has been made with collage, using different kinds of paper (colored tissue paper, newspaper and magazine fragments). Each student has copied the painting by Picasso in pencil and then has glued the different types of paper on the drawing trying to follow the colors of the original painting. After completing the collage, the … [Read more...]

Silhouettes of chairs for poetic evocations

PRIVATE GIG With some students we choose some different shapes of chairs to cut out from different sorts of paper in order to create a suggestive composition. The students tried to give an evocative title to every composition,  assembling the chairs with different backgrounds and colours. A LULLABY MISUNDERSTANDINGS READING A … [Read more...]

The Victorian School into a collage Pop-up

A small collage pop-up to explain how it was the English school in 1800, from a Laura's idea to show various aspects of the Victorian School, assembling them in a three-dimensional collage, which simulates a small class with a teacher (despicable) in the classroom and the inevitable portrait of Queen Victoria against the wall. … [Read more...]

A Face Collage

How many colors, patterns, textures, shapes, objects you can find in a magazine? It’s an inexhaustible source of ideas to create whatever you want! We thought about a character with its features, its accessories and clothes ... Collage is a fantastic medium of expression!   … [Read more...]

Mixed Media Portrait inspired by Barry McGee!

Inspired by the works of Barry McGee, we have made some portraits and we have combined them with surfaces made at ​​collage in style "optical art". We used colored card and we drawn the portraits with black and white markers. The funny thing is to convince students that the portraits should be ugly, not necessarily similar, full of wrinkles and expression, in the graffiti-style of Barry … [Read more...]

Big collage landscape

Every student painted 5 different texture with tempera colours: grass, rocks, sky,water and wood. We cut the sheets and composed two big mountain landscapes with all cuttings of painted texture (70cmx50cm). This is a teamwork of 7th grade pupils. Every student cut the texture in little strings and pieces with different shapes. After that they worked in a group of 10 on a big landscape … [Read more...]

Collage Matisse’s style

Inspired to Matisse’s collage, the students of 9th grade realized this collage starting from a magazine picture of  any whole figure. This figure has been stylized in a simple silhouette and cut out from a coloured cardboard. The collage is completed with the typical Matisse’s shapes. Some cardboards are painted with tempera guache. Example of Matisse’s … [Read more...]

Value exercise

I used simple cardboards, black and coloured, even sheets of coloured papers could be good. First, I drawn the scrolls on the coloured cardboards with a pencil. Second, we colored the scrolls with colored pencils: a darker tone for the shaded area, a lighter color for the highlight areas and a white pencil for the most enlightened, using different pressures to create a gradient. Then you cut the … [Read more...]