Thursday, January 27, 2011

stART ~ Snail Trail

Welcome to stART! I hope that you will enjoy our story and art project and maybe even share your own too. All I ask is that you link back to A Mommy’s Adventures somewhere in your post by either adding my button or a text link, so that others can see all the other great projects that everyone shares too! The linky will be open all week.  Be sure to stop by and visit the different links…every week there are so many different and fun book and craft ideas!

Check out the  stART tab in my navigation bar where you can find our past stART projects.  All the books that we have read and did a stART project for are listed in alphabetical order.


This week we enjoyed reading Snail Trail: In Search of a Modern Masterpiece, by Jo Saxton.  This is a very simple children’s book that is written in rhyme  shows a variety of modern masterpieces.  Emily, Juliette and I followed a cute little snail through the book on a hunt for a Modern Masterpiece that is based on him.  As we turned the  pages we saw a different pieces of art work, until finally at the end there is Matisse’s  The Snail.  Emily enjoyed looking at different pictures and I liked that I was able to tell her about each one.  Although there are no titles or descriptions on each page, at the end of the book their are photo credits which give the artist and name of each piece.  I thought this was a fun way to introduce Modern Art to Emily and Juliette and a great opportunity to have her work on some of her own art that was inspired by Matisse.  The last page explains how Matisse used cut or torn paper to create the collage and shows a picture of him in his wheelchair working.  I asked Emily if she would like to create a collage of her own just like Matisse did.  She was all ready to do a project and got right to work.

The last time we talked about Matisse I showed Emily some of his artwork on the internet and then she made pictures  that looked very similar (you can see her project here).  She did a great job, but this time I wanted it to be her own idea so she was able to do anything she wanted.  Armed with a lot of pieces of scrap paper and scissors she went to work.   IMG_7274IMG_7279IMG_7280IMG_7281

Emily’s Finished Matisse Inspired Collage

Of course Juliette saw paper and glue and Emily working on a project and she wanted to try it too.  So here is Juliette’s Matisse Inspired Collage.


First she added a lot of glue, IMG_7277

Next, I helped her tear some pieces of construction paper to put on the glue.


Of course she needed more glue!

IMG_7282    Juliette’s Finished Matisse Inspired Collage


Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Thanks for hosting. I love getting more ideas for books to read with projects to go with them.

I'm not sure if mine totally qualifies as a stART project...but it's a fun book and the kids had fun sticking eyes on themselves and there's a link to my previous post that shows how to make the cupcakes. I hope that's okay.

Unknown said...

I love the projects. Both girls did a great job.

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures. I love watching toddlers with glue...feast or famine!

Brimful Curiosities said...

The glue pictures are hilarious! Great job on their Matisse inspired collages!

Ticia said...

How fun they were both able to get in on it!

It turned out so cute.

Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket said...

Hey Michelle! Love the collages, it's nice the girls could both get involved! I wanted to recommend a cute book if your daughter liked Mattise. It's called "When Pigcasso met Mootisse." You can watch it read online at

I'll have to get going on my own stART project -- I'm late! Heeehee!

Candace @Naturally Educational said...

I LOVE when children do artist-inspired projects!

Thanks, as always, for putting up the linky!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

What a great project! I have to look for this book.

Susana said...

This is great Michelle! We did Matisse collages last school year and this would have been a wonderful book for Joe.

The girl's collages turned out wonderfully! So sweet that Juliette got to make one too:-).

Unknown said...

I just wanted you to know that stART has INSPIRED an entire class series for us:

Thank you!


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