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Matisse Portraits

Updated: Apr 21

Matisse Portraits

 It is always nice to share the enduring legacy of Henri Matisse and the power of his art to inspire across generations.  Our art class was inspired by the vibrant and expressive portraits of Henri Matisse. As the master of color and form, Matisse's work brought a new perspective to the canvas, one that defied the conventional norms of his time and embraced a more calligraphic approach to portraiture. 

We began the lesson with a brief history of Matisse's life, highlighting his evolution as an artist and the influences that shaped his signature style. Matisse's techniques broke away from the realistic representations that dominated the art world, opting instead for a more simplified and stylized depiction of the human form. With this inspiration, we set out to create our own Matisse-inspired portraits. Each student interpreted Matisse's influence in their unique way. Som focused on the interplay of light and shadow, while others experimented with exaggerated features and distorted perspectives creating our own vivid gallery of modern masterpieces.


 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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