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Matisse/Preschool-Inspired Collages

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A few weeks ago, I started a new body of work exclusively for my Etsy shop. The artwork, which is a series of paper collages, was actually inspired by my time spent student teaching at an elementary school this year. My cooperating teacher and I were doing a lesson with the pre-k and kindergarten students based on flowers in the springtime (it was April at the time). We read Eric Carle’s book, The Tiny Seed, and then the kids were free to create big flower pictures using shapes cut out of paper. I cut endless flower petals, leaves, stems, and circles, but it was worth it because the results were awesome!

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It was really interesting to do this lesson with both preschool and kindergarten. The kindergarten students were mostly very concerned with making their flower look like a generic daisy while the preschool students were much more free with their compositions. The latter reminded both my cooperating teacher and I of Henri Matisse‘s bold paper cut-outs. I loved the way they looked and several months later, I was still thinking about them.

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I have a pretty large collection of paper, so I decided to put it to use. I cut out lots of circles, leaves, and petals and mixed them up in a box. When I create a collage, I pick out a few shapes and arrange them based on the best way I think the colors, patterns, and textures go together. Then I just glue it all down and give it some kind of outline in black ink as a finishing touch.

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I’m really happy with the way these are turning out. These pieces are very different from the other work that I’m doing right now, which is very personal and has a lot of symbolism and meaning. The collages, on the other hand, are simply labeled as a series of compositions because I want the viewer to decide what they are looking at. I create them purely from an aesthetic point of view and leave the meaning up to the viewer.

The collages come in a variety of small sizes with the smallest being 8″ x 10″ and the largest being 14″ x 17″. They will go on sale in the next two weeks! Thanks for reading :]

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