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Presenting the Paper Cut-Out Methods of Henri Matisse for Collage Collaboration

Many thanks to Jennifer Harvey and her generous assistants for a wonderful workshop on Acetate Transfer. We all learned so much and went home with techniques that will make our collages and mixed media artwork more intriguing and professional.

Please join us on Saturday February 2nd for the next presentation on the Paper Cut-Out artwork invented by Henri Matisse. Late in his life he began using gouache painted paper to cut out what he explained as "purified" forms to represent the essence of an object. Using his scissors as a sculptural tool, he would cut the paper into shapes and combine them to suggest the subject in its' simplest form.

We will use scissors, construction paper and glue to create a collaborative, representational picture using forms similar to those that were created by Matisse. Everyone will leave with their own picture of shared images from our peers. This should be an exciting cooperative effort to also share ideas. There will be a short synopsis on the work of Matisse before we begin.

Bring Canvas Board 100% cotton- 11"x14" that can be purchased at any art supply store, glue sticks and scissors. There will also be canvas board available for purchase at the meet-up, but you will need to request this ahead of time from Susan Robinson.

There are examples of Matisse's cut-outs online such as "Creole Dancer" and "The Beasts of the Sea." You can also visit your local library for examples of his work.

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  • LJ

    I hope this technique is covered again real soon, I really, really want to learn about this process. Thanks to you all for sharing our skills & I look forward to next month's meetup.

    May 11, 2014

  • Carrie P.

    Great Class in learning about and applying Henri Mattise' cut out techniques on canvas.

    February 8, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    If anyone happened to take my piece home - I left it on the display(!), please save it for me. I unfortunately can't come to the next class, but I can come to the one after. Or you could give me a call -[masked]-3048. Thanks!

    February 4, 2013

  • Nancy F.

    What a wonderful group of people! It was such fun. Susan did a well thought-out presentation, great interaction with everyone. Look forward to next month!

    February 4, 2013

  • Ruth L.

    Great relaxing fun!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Cathy M.

    Great presentation and idea Susan. Thanks so much for introducing me and fellow collage members to Henri Matisse's technique. It was so great to learn a new approach and to create a frame-worthy piece of art with a collaborative approach. Very fun class. I've posted wonderful artistic results in the photo section...enjoy!

    February 2, 2013

  • Mary C.

    Loved the project and the collaborative method of creating it. Thanks very much!

    February 2, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    This was just GREAT! and I forgot to pack my picture!

    February 2, 2013

  • Rebecca


    February 2, 2013

  • susan r.

    Everyone responded positively and ended up with fabulous collages!

    February 2, 2013

  • Nancy F.

    Hi, I got an e-mail from MeetUp that has our group meeting both 10 am and 6pm on the same day of Sat, the 2nd. Did anyone else get that? Which time is correct?

    February 1, 2013

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