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Elementary Lesson Plan


O'Connor, Jane
Henri Matisse Drawing with Scissors
Presents the life and work of Henri Matisse in the form of a child's school report.
Shaw, Charles G.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
A book illustrates that a cloud may look like spilt milk, an ice cream cone, a tree, a mitten, a rabbit, or many other objects.
Sohi, Morteza E.
Look What I Did with a Leaf!
Provides examples of different kinds of animals that can be made out of leaves and suggests various uses for the finished product.


collage (noun) - a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another



"Cool Collages"

2009 Summer Reading Manual

Make torn paper collages. Provide pieces of white paper and colored paper. Allow children to tear the color paper into shapes and glue onto white paper to create pictures of choice.

"Leaf Collages"

Take a nature walk to gather leaves, flowers, and twigs. Wash the leaves, flowers and twigs. Then press the leaves and flowers, so they do not become brittle. Give each student a piece of paper and glue. Using the leaves, flowers and twigs, have the children create various animals, people, or landscapes.

"Matisse artwork"

2009 Summer Reading Manual

What you need:
  • colored construction paper 12" x 18" or 18" x 24"
  • scissors
  • glue
  • butcher paper (taped on the wall)
What you do:
  1. Show children several examples of Matisse's cutouts. Explain that when he was older, he worked from his wheelchair. He began to work on decoupage. He colored and cut out pieces of paper and used them to create designs. He would have helpers hang the colored pieces up for him as he directed.
  2. Tell children that they are all Matisses now. They will cut out large shapes from the colored construction paper.
  3. When they are done, children will take turns playing Matisse and the people who hang up the shapes. Each student brings his or her shape up front, but before it is glued, it is held up. The child playing "Matisse" will direct the artist to place the shape in a satisfactory position. Then it is glued in place on the butcher paper.
  4. When finished with all the pieces, ask the class if they are happy with the picture and what they would change if they had to do it over. Ask: Do you think the picture would be different if only one student was Matisse? Did you have a reason for having your helpers place a shape in a certain area?