Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Open Ended Art - Matisse

Bekah is finally beginning to feel better, only a lingering cough now and then. We're not sure if it was H1N1 or not, but it was sure terrible! She's still very tired, so I thought this would be a perfect project to get back into the swing of things.

We went to the library today to pick up a few books on Henri Matisse. To be honest, I didn't know anything about him before this.

The one book we picked up was called A Magical Day With Matisse by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober. It has his artwork throughout and Bekah really enjoyed this one.

The second one is Matisse, The King of Color by Laurence Anholt. This book was also very good and went more in depth of Matisse's story, but my daughter's attention span was gone by the middle of the book. I would recommend that book for an older child.

After reading these books together we went to work on our art. Bekah wanted to do artwork with shapes, so she told me what colors and shapes to cut and she glued them on the paper. Here is our version of Matisse's artwork.

Sorry I don't have any pictures of the process. I couldn't get my camera to work. Well, at least I got one of the finished product!

You can see what others have done for Open Ended art at Mommies Wise Little Bookworms.


  1. Oh! I totally forgot that I had that first book packed away with the rest of the board books in the babies room! I like that one too

    Her collage came out really nice!

  2. Thank you! I think she really enjoyed making it. She keeps looking through that book at all the "artwork".

  3. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was a hand bag. The curved piece on the side would be a handle. It is cute!

  4. Sorry about Bekah being sick! She did such a nice job with this project, and I like how much direction she gave you.

  5. Looks great! Good idea of checking out the books first.