Drawing with Scissors: Screen Printing Workshop in 3 Stages, Inspired by Matisse

By Jan Miller

This resource is part of a collection called Teaching Art to Year Three.

Based around an exploration of an historic painting (Penelope with the Suitors by Pintoriccho), the project shared below presents three activities which develop drawing, collage and printing skills, culminating in a modern interpretation of an old master and the creation of a collaborative artwork.

Inspired by Matisse

Week 1 Drawing Objects that Feature in the Painting

With marker pens on large newsprint paper, pupils drew objects that they identified as key features in the painting which they studied.

Penelope with the Suitors about 1509, Pintoricchio
Pintoricchio, active 1481; died 1513
Penelope with the Suitors
about 1509
Fresco, detached and mounted on canvas, 125.5 x 152 cm
Bought, 1874
This painting is part of the group: ‘Three Frescoes from Palazzo del Magnifico, Siena’ (NG910-NG911; NG3929)

They used props from the Drama department for observation and children also resourced objects and took photos themselves as reference such as plastic animals, boots, hat, toy ship, wool, bow and arrow, weaving shuttle and costumes. Some used printed images as sources including a bird, loom and mermaid. A continuous line was encouraged, to create an expressive style. No pencils or erasers were allowed.

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