The 5th graders learned about Henri Matisse in art this week. He was a French impressionist artist known for his use of vivid color.
We created our own version of Matisse's cutout series. In order to get the effect we wanted, first we had to saturate our papers with liquid watercolors in cool tones. Next, when our paper was really wet, we added our custom cut-outs, Matisse loved to use cut-outs in his art, he referred to this as "painting with scissors." Then, we brushed a little more water on the top of the paper, and left it to dry. The following class, we removed the cut-outs and it left this awesome diffused leaf effect.