I picked Henri Matisse for our newest artist study simply because of his work with paper cuttings. Crazy Bug is a serious snipperer. Sometimes call her the Once-ler because she goes through so much paper. So I knew she'd enjoy these projects.
We read Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (Smart About Art). Next we tried two different art projects. (Just because snipping is so fun!) The first was a self-portrait project that I found at Art lessons for Kids, that she in turn found at IncredibleArt.com.
I included this project to try to break Crazy Bug out of her rigid, perfectionist habits. She hates trying anything new, so I new making a crazy, odd picture would be tough for her. She complained many times while making it, but she loved the end result. (Except for the lopsided smile.)
The second picture was a collage made from shaped paper cut-outs. It was inspired by the "I am the Vine" parable we heard at church last week. (John 15:5) I thought it tied in nicely because Matisse also designed an entire church. We did this one as a collaborative project.