For this project I showed a powerpoint on Matisse's work, a brief bio of his life and discuss different vocabulary terms, such as, collage, "drawing with scissors", abstract, pattern, blending, proportion, etc.
We started out with a 11" x 17" white construction paper. Hold it vertically. They then drew with scissors. Have them pick a 6" x 9" piece of colored (any colors that are available) and have them cut out shapes WITHOUT drawing lines first, to have their imagination take their scissor where they are suppose to go and not to be so rigid. Have them glue them down with small dots about 1/2 inch from the border.
Once shapes are glued down. Have students follow the teacher step-by-step, drawing the head, neck, shoulders, facial features. Have them do the "trick" where the tops of your ears line up with your eyebrows/ and bottoms of ears line of with nostril, etc.
With medium or thick Sharpie Markers have them trace ALL of their pencil lines.
Then have them fill in by blending chalk pastel their heads, necks, ears and hair colors.
With oil pastel have them fill in a pattern on their shirt and a different pattern on their background.
Check them out, I'm so proud of our students!
Some are not quite finished but look so good!