Matisse Inspired Pins

Difficulty: Moderate

Creating art helps students integrate knowledge and experience.

Products Used:

Other Tools and Materials Needed:

  • 8" x 8" White Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • White School Glue
  • Water Dish
  • Acrylic Paints (Assorted Colors)
  • Paint Brush
  • Pin Back

Lesson Plan Ideas

Learning Objectives for Grades: 3rd – 5th

Developed by: Rachel Heisler University of Minnesota Duluth, Art Education Major, under the direction of Brenda Deterling, K-5 Art Teacher, Congdon Park Elementary & Lincoln Piedmont Elementary, Duluth, Minnesota

Students will:

  • Investigate the works of Henri Matisse.
  • Learn the differences of geometric and organic shapes by creating a collage.
  • Create sculptural art from a 2D project (Transfer ideas from 2D to 3D).
  • Explore various materials to create wearable art, combining soft and hard materials–contrasts of textures.
  • Explore Elements of Visual Art: line, shape, color, form and texture.

Project Steps:

  1. Step 1:

    Discuss Henri Matisse’s work and his use of organic and geometric shapes.

  2. Step 2:

    Using 8" x 8" white paper as their background have each child create a collage by cutting out geometric and organic shapes from Creativity Street® Craft Paper Assortments. Shapes should overlap and go off the page to create an interesting composition. Glue shapes in place with white school glue.

    Step 2



  3. Step 3:

    Looking at the collage, cut out three shapes from Pacon® Peacock® 40 point Display Board. First draw the shapes and cut with scissors.

    Step 3

    Step 3


  4. Step 4:

    Using Creativity Street® Plast’r Craft®, cover board shapes. First cut the Plast’r Craft® a little larger than the shape you’re covering, dip in water and squeeze out excess. Then cover shape, smoothing Plast’r Craft® as you go. Let dry overnight.

    Step 4

    Step 4


  5. Step 5:

    Using the collage as inspiration, paint plastered shapes with acrylic paint. Each shape has to be a different color.

    Step 5


  6. Step 6:

    After paint dries, assemble by stacking shapes in an interesting way. With the teachers help, hot glue pieces together with Creativity Street® Low-Temp Mini Glue Gun and Creativity Street® Hot Glue Sticks.

  7. Step 7:

    Pick out feathers, beads, or glitter to embellish your pin! With teacher’s help, hot glue items on.

  8. Step 8:

    Decide how the pin should hang when clipped on to something and hot glue a pin-back with teacher’s help. Let pin dry while glue sets.


    • Matte collages with black paper to make the colors pop!
    • Let Plast’r Craft® dry overnight.
    • Have extra helping hands when hot gluing!
    • Glue pin back high on the back so it will hang nicely!

Matisse Pin Examples


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