The Smart About Art series continues with Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Jessie Hartland. Presented and organized in the style of a grade-school report (and written from the perspective of the fictitious "Keesie Johnson"), the latest installment covers the Fauve movement and Matisse's shift from painting to cut-paper collage.
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Grade 1-3-A creative way to instill an appreciation of art in children. The text begins with a "hand-printed" letter on lined paper from the teacher, Ms. Brandt, posing three questions to her students for their reports about a famous artist. The rest of the book is related as Keesia Johnson's report. Hartland's color illustrations are captioned with dialogue or other text; examples of Matisse's art are dispersed throughout; and there are photos of the artist and his mother; of the child who "wrote" the report and her sister; of Matisse in his 70s, making paper cutouts; and of stained-glass windows in a church that he designed. A brief biographical sketch is included, and children are also told about Matisse's changes in style, use of bright colors, and skill in various mediums. The last page contains the teacher's "hand-printed" note to Keesia after reading her work. This book could be used in conjunction with Mike Venezia's Henri Matisse (Children's, 1997), Nelly Munthe's Meet Matisse (Little, Brown, 1983; o.p.), and Ernest Lloyd Raboff's Henri Matisse (Lippincott, 1988; o.p.) to introduce the life and works of this renowned French artist.
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I thought this would be a great book, for my younger students to learn about Matisse. Unfortunately there were some nudesk pictures in the book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Britt
Great book! I read this book to Kinder students and reviewed the art work presented. The students loved the story and created their own art work inspired by Matisse after... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karla Cordova
This looks like it will be a good educational tool for teaching children the style of Matisse in his later years.Published 5 months ago by C. Sisson
didn't think it would be so child like. has some good informationPublished 7 months ago by Kevin F Greeley
Found Henri Matisse a great book to introduce young students to the artist and his work.Published 9 months ago by Delrene Hemingway