Interested in learning about French modern artist Henri Matisse?

The “Paint the Greats” projects from MakingArtFun.com introduce the art of the great artists to kids in a fun way. Following a step-by-step approach, kids will learn watercolor painting techniques as they create a masterpiece of their own, based on the work of Henri Matisse.

Beasts of the Sea | “Learn to Watercolor” Project (Click Here)

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About the Artist
Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis in northern France. His parents, Emile Matisse and Heloise Gerars, owned a general store where they sold household goods and seed. Henri was their first son. Read more…

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Painting art masterworks is a great way for kids to become introduced to and connected with the work of our greatest artists.  The following links represent a collection of art projects for kids that make this goal possible.

Here a few tips on the watercolor supplies you will need:

Watercolor Paint Box
Invest in a student watercolor set made by Prang or Reeves, for example. The colors will be much more pleasing than what you will see from a Wal-Mart set.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paper is heavier than computer paper so that it can take a soaking. You can buy cheap paper, though make sure it’s 140lb. weight, so that it will stay relatively flat when it gets wet.

Watercolor Paint Brush
Your watercolor set may come with a paint brush, It not, a medium round brush is a great one to get started with.

Watercolor Pallet
A paper plate covered with plastic wrap will provide a great pallet on which to mix colors.

Watercolor Projects
Each of the following projects are ideal for the 2nd-8th grade art students, or anyone want to learn a few basic skills.

Degas Ballerina
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “Ballerina.” The lesson provides kids with an opportunity to experiment with dry brush technique.

The Singing Fish (Miro)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro (1893 -1983). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “The Singing Fish.”

Sunflower (Van Gogh)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888).”

Three Musicians (Picasso)
This watercoloring lesson introduces the art of Spanish Modern artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques as you paint an excerpt from his cubist masterpiece “Three Musicians (1905).”

Beasts and the Sea (Matisse)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of French modern artist Henry Matisse. Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn basic watercolor painting techniques, including how to create a flat wash, as you paint an excerpt from his cut-out collage masterpiece “Beasts and the Sea (1950).”

The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch Baroque artist Jan Vermeer (1632-1675). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll apply basic watercolor painting techniques, including wet-on-dry wash and glazing, as you paint his masterpiece “The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1665).”

Here’s a wonderful free printable elementary art lesson resource for the art classroom.

Free Word Search Worksheet
Print the Meet the Artist biography and the artist word search to complete this worksheet. This worksheet encourages students to build their reading skill by searching for the keywords in the Jan Vemeer biography, so it doesn’t include the words on the worksheet.

Henri Matisse | Printable Biography

Henri Matisse | Word Search Worksheet


Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.

A rapid rendering of a landscape represents only one moment of its existence. I prefer, by insisting upon its essential character, to risk losing charm in order to gain greater stability.

Seek the strongest color effect possible. The content is of no importance.

After a half-century of hard work and reflection the wall is still there.

I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it cost.

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.

I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting.

An artist must possess nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.

Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing and are capable of but nevertheless sense a power that grows in proportion to your resistance.

I have simply wished to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality within a total knowledge of tradition.

The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, and an almost total kinship with the model.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.

Creativity takes courage.

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Learn about the life and art of celebrated French modern artist Henri Matisse. Start with the biography, and then click and print these fun curriculum resources.

Biography
Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis in Northern France. His parents, Emile Matisse and Heloise Gerars, owned a general store where they sold household goods and seed. Henri was their first son. As a young man, Henri traveled to Paris to study law. In 1889 he returned home to work in a law office as a clerk. It was around this time that he had an attack of appendicitis, which required surgery. To make the long recovery more enjoyable his mother gave him a paint box. It was then, at the age of 21, that Matisse discovered painting and decided to become an artist.

Henri Matisse Biography continued on MakingArtFun.com

Word Search Worksheets
Get a free printable Henri Matisse word search worksheet on ClassHelper.com. The puzzle includes 21 words, and best for the 5th-12th grade student. If you would like to make a simpler one, with less terms to explain, head over to MakingArtFun.com.

Henri Matisse Word Search on ClassHelper.com
Henri Matisse Word Search on MakingArtFun.com

Color a Masterpiece
Print and color a free coloring page of Matisse’s Woman with a Hat (1905).

Woman with a Hat from MakingArtFun.com

Woman with a Hat (Matisse) | Free Coloring Page


Draw a Matisse
Add a drawing project to your lesson. Visit AllPosters.com for a poster of ‘La Pompadour”. This simple line drawing is easy to reproduce, and a great way to get connected to the artist. If you would like to, you can even turn the lesson into more of a drawing lesson. Don’t worry… it’s easy. Just click, read the directions and draw.

La Pompadour on AllPosters.com
La Pompadour: Drawing Lesson on MakingArtFun.com

Desktop Wallpaper
Download a desktop wallpaper for Henri Matisse’s Woman with a Hat from MakingArtFun.com.  It’s yet another chance to acquaint your children with a great work of art.

Woman with a Hat Desktop Wallpaper from MakingArtFun.com

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Henri Matisse (1869-1954) French Modern Artist

French modern artist Henri Matisse was born in 1869 in Northern France. His artwork was joyful, and full of patterns, ornamentation and rich colors. His mother gave him a paint set while recovering from an illness. It was at that time, at the age of 21, that he decided to become an artist. Originally labeled a Fauvist, he was later praised for supporting the French classical tradition in painting. His greatest works include “Woman with the Hat” (1905), “Red Fish” (1911), “The Dance” (1910), and “The Moroccan in Green” (1913). A museum, opened two year before his death, is now the third-largest Matisse collection in all of France.

Would you like to read more about Henri Matisse?

Henri Matisse on Wikipedia.org
Hey Kids, Meet Henri Matisse on MakingArtFun.net  – Art Resources for Kids

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