matisse: icarus.

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This month for art mom I taught Milo’s class about Matisse’s “Icarus.” I showed them the piece and we talked about Matisse’s life and how he “painted with scissors” near the end of his career when he was sick. We talked about what we think this piece of art means. We talked about the colors and what they represented. I then told them the story of Icarus – and we had a great discussion.

This was an easy project – both to get the kids talking – and for them to use their imagination to create something of their own using the same process and colors. Some chose to replicate the piece exactly and some kids put their own spin on it!

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halloween paper chains.

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I know this isn’t the most ground-breaking of crafts. Think of it more of reminder not to underestimate the power of the good old fashioned,mighty—paper chain.  Theres all kinds of things you can do with it….use patterned paper, color combinations, ribbon – its a fun and creative way to get your kids involved with making decorations for any occasion, really.