Painting with Scissors

In Art, Year Two have been learning all about Henri Matisse. They learned that Henri Matisse was a famous artist, who was born in France. When he first became an artist, he liked to paint but, after he had had an operation, he started to create collages. He called this ‘painting with scissors’. The children learned about one of his most famous collages – The Snail. They measured the size of The Snail and learned that it was almost 3 metres squared. The children then used coloured paper to create their own version of The Snail.

The children have also been investigating what happens when we mix colours. First, they painted the primary colours onto a colour wheel. Then, they mixed the primary colours to make the secondary colours. After this, the children explored what would happen if they added white or black to another colour. They discovered that adding black made a darker tone and adding white made a lighter tone. Using the different tones they had painted, the children created a fire collage. They cut out a silhouette of houses to show the fire burning brightly behind.

Article 29 – We all have the right to develop our personalities, talents and abilities.

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