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LESSON PLANS WINTER TERM 2023 (2nd half) Lesson 2: Looking closely at Matisse's use of pattern.

In this lesson I'm asking my students to copy a Matisse painting (using colour pencil). I have found it, in my own practice, incredibly useful, occasionally, to copy the work of other artists as there is so much we don't notice about a painting when we see it as a thing just to be viewed. By making a copy my students will glean a new understanding of the way Matisse worked with colour, pattern and tone.

Winter Term 2nd half 2023 – lesson 2: Looking at a Matisse painting and his use of pattern in the composition.

· Either you’ll have brought an image/book from home or you’ll have one of the images I’ve printed. You’re going to make a close inspection of the image and then your own drawing of the painting using colour pencils or watercolour pencils.

· You have the option to begin with some pale watercolour washes to give some colour and tone to your page – this is a more efficient way of covering your page than colour pencil alone.

· Lightly draw a box within which your drawing will sit.

· With a pale colour pencil, mark out the main shapes of the composition. Use the sides of your page to work out where the main shapes sit within the boundaries of your page.

· Using colour pencil and working to recreate the tones Matisse has used, fill each area with shape, colour and tone. Intensify colours by layering different colours onto already used colours. Make sure every area has more than one colour mingled-in.

· You have the option to add watercolour to intensify the tone, or to add water to watercolour pencils.

· Keep mixing colours in order to intensify tone.

Next lesson: Our final session with a Matisse theme. Using one of the images you’ve made in lessons 1 or 2, recreate it with a mix of media. You can include collage (coloured/patterned paper, magazines etc.), acrylic, watercolour, pen, gouache and white paint, colour pencils, watercolours etc. Bring your work from the first two sessions, bring the various media you’d like to use.


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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