Making cutouts like Henri Matisse

Sarah and Aniyah make decoupage (paper cutout collages) like Henri Matisse used to create.

Sarah and Aniyah make decoupage (paper cutout collages) like Henri Matisse used to create.

You only need construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, and imagination to make art like Henri Matisse.

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953, Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on white paper, collection Tate Modern

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953, Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on white paper, collection Tate Modern

Matisse became famous as a painter and sculptor in the late 1800s and early 1900s; but, when he contracted abdominal cancer, it hurt too much to paint or sculpt. So he dove into an art style that he had only dabbled in before: decoupage.

Decoupage is another way of saying “paper cutout collage.”

They’re easy and fun to make, and you can create collages as intricate or simple as you want.

Our STEAM kids constructed their own cutouts on Tuesday.

They made trees and castles and elephants from construction paper, and your family can do it too with supplies you might already have around your house.

Andrew, Darin, and Santosh Akilesh cut shapes from the construction paper for their collages.

Andrew, Darin, and Santosh Akilesh cut shapes from the construction paper for their collages.

Our STEAM series concludes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, with a focus on Math.

(For those unfamiliar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.)

The program is free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about sciencetechnologyengineeringart, and math. And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Mary reaches for the glue stick while making her collage.

Mary reaches for the glue stick while making her collage.

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