During the week of FunLab Art Camp dedicated to Henri Matisse we wanted to tackle one of his more complicated pieces but I was not sure that we would be able to have the kids produce something that they were proud to take home at the end of week. Feeling ambitious, I decided to tackle a complicated piece such as “Goldfish” which he painted in 1911. We took the masterpiece apart and recreated it in layers using lots of different materials including watercolors, colored glue and collaging.
Recommended age: 5 to 10 years of age
Word development: triangle, line, paint, brush, watercolors, vine, leaves, stalk, flowers, green, table, fish bowl, fish, vase, plant, floor
Let’s get started:
Step 1: Draw a triangle at the bottom of the piece of paper. Draw a line from the top of the triangle to the top of the page. Paint the three areas different colors using watercolors.
It took us an entire week to “build” our version of Matisse’s “Goldfish” but at then end we were able to send home a mini masterpiece that all our artists were proud of!