What You Need:
- Two white sheets of watercolor paper (8.5" x 11").
- Water cup
- Glue stick
- Paint (tempera, poster or acrylic)
What You Do:
- Look at images of patterns on the Internet with your child. Take a look at stripes, polka dots and checkerboard patterns. Then, look at Matisse's painting, “Purple Robe With Anemones”. This will be the painting he recreates with his own figure and patterns.
- Have your child draw, in pencil, an outline of a figure sitting in a chair next to a table with flowers on it.
- Have him draw a different pattern for each section, including the clothing, chair, tablecloth and flowers.
- He can now paint all of these patterns using different colors for each section. Each pattern should be completely unique. Encourage the use of bright colors.
- Set this part of the painting aside to dry.
- Using a pencil, help your child divide the second sheet of white paper into 3 sections. An easy way to draw the sections is to draw the inside of a Peace sign, with the bottom two lines ending up above the corners of the paper by at least 3 fingers. You will end up with a floor and two walls.
- Have him draw in a pattern for each wall and the floor. Again, no patterns should repeat.
- He can now paint in the patterns of the walls and floor with vibrant colors. No patterns should repeat in color.
- Set aside to dry.
- Carefully, have your child slowly cut around his figure in the chair, the table and flowers all in one big shape.
- When the walls and floor are dry, have him glue the back of his figure using a glue stick, and firmly press it down so the chair is situated on the floor.
More about Matisse: Henri Matisse, (1869-1954) was a French artist, known for his bold use of lavish colors. During his life, he worked as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. His playfulness and boldness are easily seen throughout his work.