Paper Activities

Cutout Collage

Shape a cutout collage creation.
Shape a cutout collage creation.

When this paper craft is finished, it will look much like the collages made by Henri Matisse. This famous French painter created similar designs when arthritis made it impossible for him to paint in his later years.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored construction paper or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • White or black construction paper
  • Glue

Matisse used geometric and organic (those found in nature) shapes in his compositions. Geometric shapes, such as triangles, circles, and squares, are symmetrical. Organic shapes, on the other hand, are not symmetrical; they include squiggles and blobs.

Step 1: Begin cutting out shapes in many different sizes and colors from the colored paper. Once you have a collection of shapes, arrange them on a sheet of white or black paper.

Step 2: Glue the cutouts in place. If the collage is on white paper, mount the work onto black construction paper to create a striking contrast.

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