Pre-Kinders learned all about Matisse. We read a few picture books to learn a bit about him. After a scissors demo (I usually sing a silly song I made up about keeping your thumb on the top and your elbow glued to your side) kids attacked some construction paper to make these beauties.
As we were working we were thinking about what our picture reminded us about. I think this kiddo might've told a story about a frog in a pond: (side note - this pre-k kiddo has some seriously awesome scissor skills)
After finishing up these (more traditional) Matisse collages I wanted the kiddos to really explore some of Matisse's organic shapes. I have two Pre-k classes, so each class looked at a different Matisse collage. We talked about what we saw and what the shapes made us think about. Then each kid got a piece of model magic to make either a leaf-shape or a star-shape. Kids got to choose where their shape was glued down.