Matisse Inspired Snail Pictures
We love visiting different art galleries and looking at different artworks. One of my favourite artists from the 20th Century was Henri Matisse, especially his later work when he experimented with paper cutting and colourful collages. We read a great book about Matisse recently and Peakles loved the bold colours and the simplicity of the designs too. She particularly liked the Snail which is one of Matisse’s most famous paper collage. She thought it really looked like a snail too! *This post contains affiliated links please see our Disclosure Policy.*
We thought it would be a great idea to make some pictures inspired by the Snail.
coloured paper PVA glue stick scissors pencil canvas or card
How to Make It
First, take sheets of the different coloured paper and cut out some square or rectangle shapes of different sizes.
Next, draw a faint spiral shape (or circle if easier) with the pencil. Take the paper shapes and arrange them onto the canvas in a spiral shape. Peakles started with the large square in the centre and then worked around from the centre.
When you are happy with the design, lift each paper shape up, add some glue and then stick them back down.
More Snail by Matisse Ideas
We loved our first attempt at a snail picture that we thought about what other things we could do and came up with these ideas!
- Use different shapes such as triangles, circles and irregular shapes.
- Try tearing the paper to make the shapes rather than using scissors.
- Use a different colour palette or using just black, white and grey.
- Try potato printing or hand printing a snail picture.
- Use different sizes from miniatures to giant sized artworks.
Exploring Famous Artists Series
We loved taking part in this series hosted by Messy Little Monsters where some of our favourite global bloggers are joining in with this art project inspired by famous artists!
Matisse Books and Resources
We have gathered together some books and resources so that you too can make your own Matisse Snail Pictures *This post contains affiliated links please see our Disclosure Policy.*