Inspired By Matisse


“To create is to express what one has within oneself. Every creative effort comes from within.” – Henri Matisse

Matisse discovered painting as a young man when he was given an art kit while recovering from an illness. “Afterwards,” he said, “I had nothing in my head but painting.” For the rest of his life, Matisse mastered a wide range of materials and styles as he expressed his extraordinary creativity in painting, drawing, sculpture, and print-making. Throughout his career, his objective was to capture the emotion that the subjects of his art inspired in him.

It’s time for audience participation, where YOU are inspired by Matisse!

Inspired by Matisse: Visitor Competition

Gerburg Garmann, Odalisque

After spending some time wandering through Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art, head over to the Inspired by Matisse Studio (aka The Davis Lab) to create your own masterpiece. Using an app on an iPad, you will use your virtual brushes, crayons, and pencils to compose your own work of art inspired by what you have seen in the exhibition. Once you have completed your digital drawing, you can submit it to the Inspired by Matisse website where other users can view submissions.

A jury of experts will choose a winner each month during the run of the exhibition. The jury’s choices and people’s choice selections will be on view in digital format in the Inspired by Matisse gallery, alongside the drawing and writing submissions from school children.

The competition closes on December 31, 2013. Drawings submitted after that date will be seen online only and will not be eligible for prizes.

Visit the Inspired by Matisse website and vote for your favorite Matisse-inspired work of art!

Inspired by Matisse: School Competition

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Start out the school year by getting your students’ creative juices flowing! The IMA invites preschool through 12th grade teachers to share their students' responses to the work of Henri Matisse, featured at the IMA in the upcoming exhibition Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art. Open from October 13, 2013, through January 12, 2014, the exhibition will include paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints, as well as prints from Matisse's artist book Jazz, featuring designs based on the artist’s paper cutout technique.

As part of the Matisse, Life in Color exhibition, student artwork will be on display in the Inspired by Matisse gallery. Student-authored stories about Matisse's work will also be featured in bound books within the exhibition.

Download the call for entries and guidelines for Inspired by Matisse. Please note, the deadline for Visual Category entries in the School Competition is closed. The deadline for entries in the Written Category has been extended to Friday, October 4, 2013, at 5 pm.

Inspired by Matisse Call for Written Entries and Guidelines