In Matisse's Garden

In Matisse's Garden craft

Kids and gardens are a natural combination. Explore nature's bounty with Matisse's bold, powerful floral patterns.

  • 1.

    Find a print of one of Henri Matisse's flowers. Or use a magazine that has lush gardening or flower pictures. Imagine you are in a garden filled with flowers. What would you see and smell? What sounds would you hear?

  • 2.

    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola® Washable Kid's Paints, Brushes, and a large sheet of paper. Paint all of the things you can imagine in the garden. Try bright colors and textures to make bold patterns, like those in Matisse's work.

  • 3.

    Include yourself somewhere in the garden. Is your self-portrait happy or sneezy? Active or still?

  • 4.

    Allow your painting to dry on a flat surface.