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Drawing with scissors is a work of art

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | Education | Published:

Young artists have been learning from one of the masters, more than half a century after his death.

Seven-year-olds, Screenand Sunsil and Poppy Chapman from Gobowen School drawing with scissors

Reproductions of the latter work of Henri Matisse, created under his instruction, are on display in the Qube Gallery in Oswestry in a partnership with the Hayward Gallery on London's Southbank.

Drawing with scissors is a collection of prints of his famous cut-outs created when he was confined to bed or a wheelchair.

Qube also commissioned MediaActive, a creative arts company from Wem to run workshops for local children.

Sue Gainsborough from MediaActive said the artists were working with 10 primary schools, looking at the scissor cut-out designs of Matisse and helping children to create their own works of art.

"Matisee loved colour, shapes and movement and we talk with the children about what he would have done had he had the electronic tablets that we have today. They then use them to bring their work to life with animation.

"Thanks to the Qube more than 100 pupils have been able to learn about scissor cut work and create some wonderful pieces of art. Matisse worked on a huge scale and hopefully this could lead to large murals going up in the schools."

The touring exhibition is open to the public through October at Qube on Oswestry Road, Oswestry and the public can also try their hand at drawing with scissors.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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