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Painting With Scissors: A Creative Activity Inspired by Henri Matisse

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 “Matisse got as close as one can get to heaven with a pair of scissors.”

Romare Bearden

Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter is an inspirational life story about Henri Matisse. As a boy Henri drew pictures everywhere. When he grew up, he became one of the most famous artists in the world. Late in his life he had a serious illness which confined him to a wheel chair or his bed. Amazingly, from this confined state came some of his finest works, the enormous and captivating paper-cut outs.


This is truly a story about not giving up when the going gets tough. Henri Matisse lived and breathed his art. Even through illness he needed to channel his creative energies and he chose something wonderful, paper cutting. He decorated his entire room with his paper cut-outs.

You see, as I am obliged to remain often in bed…. I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk…There are leaves, fruits, a bird.”

The pictures in this book are beautifully illustrated in full color and images and bring Henri’s story to life. The story is told in a way in which we feel we are sitting right next to Matisse himself perhaps spending an afternoon in his colorful world.

Would you like to see for yourself ? Today let’s sit next to Henri Matisse and watch as he cuts his magical paper creations.

Matisse considered his paper cuttings his “Second Life.”  Starting in April of 2014 and running through September 2014 Matisse’s paper cut outs can be seen at the Tate Museum in London England.

Something To Do

We couldn’t let Mr. Matisse have all this fun to himself. I decided to place a modern spin to a brilliant idea. Taking scrapbook paper, we cut shapes and made our own very fashionable art work. We’re starting small and working large. Who knows, maybe one day we too will have a garden cut out of paper hanging on our walls. We have to start some place so let’s start here. To give us some ideas we had a look at this gorgeous Matisse paper cut out pinterest board.   I didn’t realize how massive some of these art pieces are. It’s really inspiring. Here’s a look at some of the art we created from this inspiring and magical read.

Our Matisse-inspired Painting With Scissors Collages


  • A Variety of colored or scrap booking paper
  • A white foam or poster board to build your paper composition on.
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

A look at our creations !




What kind of Matisse-inspired creations can you come up with?




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