Henri Matisse “Stained Glass” Foil Embossing.

your destination: (objectives)

  • The goal of this lesson is to teach the students about the process of embossing as well show them how you can think outside the box and use creative materials. There are many ways to get to your destination and even if you don’t have the desired materials you can find ways to make it work!

travel kit: (materials)

  • Card board, string, tin foil, markers, glue, pencil, scissor, old paint brush.

on the path

step 1

  • Start by sketching out the tree of life. Draw the leaf like shapes and from there move on to the more geometric leaves shapes

step 2

  • Now we are going to prep our sting in order to glue. Take your string and measure out different size pieces depending on how much you need for each shape.

step 3

  • Glue the pieces of string to each shape, then let dry.

step 4

  • Measure how much tin foil you are going to use to cover your board and then cut it out. Use your paint brush and coat the board with a very fine layer of glue. Put your tin foil on top and press lightly around the yarn pieces to make the embossed look. Let this dry.

Step 5

  • Time to color! Now you can pick different colors and decorate your stained glass. Make sure you color the raised areas a different shade then the places that have been flattened.

group tour (how larger class can be involved as group projects)

Take a look at Henri Mattisse’s Tree of life stained glass.

extend your journey

Allow the students to try creating their own subject using the same techniques they used in this lesson.

learn new vocabulary

  • Embossing, stained glass, geometric, elevated, reduced,

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