These paintings were inspired by Matisse and his ‘Painting with Scissors’ technique. The story goes that he would get his assistants to paint various slabs of colours onto paper. He would use these colours to cut out shapes and create his artworks. Hmmm..what a fantastic idea for Year 7s! I gave it a whirl..
We started with 4 sheets of paper each, about 20x30cm in size and red, yellow, blue and white paint. Step one was to create 4 new colours from the primary colour palette. Each sheet of paper was then painted in these new colours.
The coloured sheets of paper where then colour photocopied several times, depending on how much of a particular colour the student needed. These copies, along with the originals were then cut up into shapes to create a beautiful ‘painting with scissors’ scene.
These took about 4 weeks to complete, what with the painting, photocopying, cutting out etc, but I think it was well worth the effort. The kids were really proud of them too. And so was I…