Drawing with Scissors: A Hands-On Workshop in the Matisse Method with Pamela Morton

Drawing with Scissors: A Hands-On Workshop in the Matisse Method with Pamela Morton


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Never run with scissors, instead, better to ‘draw’ with them as Henri Matisse once did. Open to all levels, join a local art expert in this interactive workshop as we explore the story of Matisse’s work with paper cut-outs and create our very own Matisse-style collages. 

Toward the end of his life, Matisse pioneered a new art form where he cut shapes out of paper previously painted in a variety of colors and arranged them in lively compositions. He called this method, ‘drawing with scissors.’ Although initially dismissed as childish, these colorful, semi-abstract works including ‘Blue Nude’ (Pompidou) and ‘The Snail’ (Tate), are now considered to be some of his finest masterpieces.  

Best known for his expressive paintings of brilliant colors in bold simplified designs, Matisse stands as one of the pillars of modern, twentieth-century art. Engaged in constant exploration and experimentation, he continually sought to evolve his classic technique.  

You will need the following materials:

  • Pencil 
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick (liquid glue will be okay if that’s all you have)
  • Several sheets of different colored paper (construction paper or printer paper)

Led by Pamela Morton, an expert on the art and artists of the South of France, participants will learn about Matisse’s work with paper cut-outs and test out for themselves some of the artist’s ideas and techniques, in a hands-on project involving step-by-step instruction. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with new insights into the creative process of Matisse as well as a fuller appreciation of an artist whose work found its fullest expression in the context of Mediterranean light and landscapes.

Originally from the US, Pamela has lived in France (Aix-en-Provence and Marseille) for 25 years. Pamela teaches studio art and art history for American university programs in Aix. She trained in art restoration in Italy and has a background in museum work as a curatorial assistant and program director. She is also an artist working in mixed media -- drawing and painting. She attended Bennington College and California College of the Arts. She's worked as the on-site director for a study abroad program and for educational programs including the Smithsonian, Alumni International and Cultural Experiences Abroad. She's taught for Northwestern University, Oberlin College, and the Marchutz School of Art (Aix). As an art historian, Pamela is endlessly fascinated by the local culture, the archaeology, history, and architecture of the region as well as its monuments and museums. As a painter, she is intrigued by the light and colors of this southern realm, the Midi, where so many artists lived and worked. Her two favorite artists from Provence are Cézanne and van Gogh.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fun and informative seminar

A good introduction to Matisse and a relaxing and interesting hands on session making cut-out collages. Pamela was a wonderful host.

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Fun and informative seminar

A good introduction to Matisse and a relaxing and interesting hands on session making cut-out collages. Pamela was a wonderful host.