Henri Matisse Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Henri Matisse collage project that excites students. Teach your students about modern art, Fauvism, geometric versus free-form shapes, and how to “paint” with scissors.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Henri Matisse collage art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will create an Henri Matisse collage by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
To begin, roll the die to select a background piece from the first column. Then, roll again to select another background piece from the second column. The last three rolls will determine which dancing figure, natural element, and free-form shape you’ll include in the design. Then draw all the motifs you rolled for on separate scraps of construction paper and cut them out.
Next, cut out some large rectangle and square shapes. Glue these down first on a sheet of construction paper. Arrange the two background shapes and glue them down. Then place the three remaining cut outs on top. Balance out your colors. Glue everything down. Consider using both the positive and negative cut outs in your design.
First, print out the game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. Alternatively, if you’re a choice-based art teacher, you can use the “You Pick” version of the game. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to compose an abstract collage using cut outs in the style of Fauvist artist Henri Matisse.
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Henri Matisse Collage Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Henri Matisse Biography and Fauvism Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
Kids love having the structure of the rolling dice if they are scared to draw. Thanks! – Julie I M
My younger students love cutting shapes. This activity will provide them excellent guidance for cutting shapes, and yet allow them to have fun creating a Matisse masterpiece. – Ellen M.
Loved this take on making a college. It gives some direction, so students aren’t trying to decide what to make, yet they can still be creative. The possible variations are endless so each project is unique. These art projects are so easy to include in a study of an artist or the time period when they lived. Great versatility. – Martha S.