05 27, 2020

Celebrating the Post-Impressionists with Henri Matisse

By |2020-05-27T19:00:05-04:00May 27, 2020|

Join our Collections Development Manager Barb Hauer as she introduces you to the art of the fauvists and their leader, Henri Matisse.

Fauvism absorbed lessons from both post-impressionist painters like Cézanne and Van Gogh and neo-impressionists like Seurat. The fauvists employed vivid and non-natural uses of color, and their influence can still be seen in artwork today.

Hauer prepared this talk for our Book & Brush Club, which she has led since its inception in 2009. Each month, she offers a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements based on either art historical fiction and nonfiction. Our buildings may presently be closed because of the coronavirus, but we can still share Hauer’s presentation with you!

For more from our Book & Brush Club:

04 23, 2017

Making cutouts like Henri Matisse

By |2017-04-23T06:00:50-04:00April 23, 2017|

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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