Hello McKinley Students and Families!

If we haven’t met yet, I’m the McKinley Art teacher, Ms. Smith, and have been having an awesome year with your kiddos so far. 

I hope you are well and getting in the swing of your new learning-at-home rhythms. I will be missing making art with you in person! Each week during this break, I will be posting a new art story book video, and you are invited to create a work of art inspired by the book. All videos will be bookmarked on the McKinley Art homepage, and I will be sharing student work there as well: mckinleyptc.org/mckinley-art/

This week, I will be reading a story about French artist, Henri Matisse (You can learn more about Matisse here: https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-henri-matisse ).

My first graders can tell you about their awesome flower paintings they made last week inspired by Matisse’s earlier style of painting called fauvism:

1st grade flower paintings in Matisse’s earlier style of art.

In this week’s book, Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, we learn about how Matisse discovered a new technique for making art– using paper and scissors…and his imagination!! Watch the video below to hear me read the story, then try to make your own work inspired by Henri!

Henri Matisse. The Parakeet and the Mermaid. 1952 MOMA.ORG Can you spot the Parakeet? The Mermaid?

Now, it’s your turn!

Can you make a collage with paper cut into interesting shapes? Or a drawing/painting/coloring inspired by his use of *organic* shapes? Which elements of art does Matisse like to use in his paper cut art? How are his paper cut works different than his paintings? Use whatever resources you have on hand and don’t forget to be creative—recycled papers and materials are great!

Once you have created your work of art, don’t forget to share it with me –– you can email a photo of it, along with your name and class, as well as any other info about your project and/or Matisse to: BarbaraLeeSmith87@gmail.com

I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!! I’ll check back soon!

All the best, 

Ms. Smith

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. – Henri Matisse