The following are examples of K & 1 students after examining paper cuttings by Matisse.
Kindergarteners testing out cutting symmetrical shapes and spaces and arranging the elements:
The first graders had a little more exposure to symmetry so we focused on constructing interesting compositions out of the cut paper, added cut scrap paper, and stamped circles and lines with scraps of mat board and empty glue sticks dipped in tempera.
This was a follow up activity- drawing with white and black crayon first and then adding marker.
When the students finished we looked at each others papers to see what the shapes reminded us of.
Kindergarten Goldfish Bowls:
Selections from my informative (in progress in some pics) bulletin board: