Looking at the work of Henri Matisse was the perfect opportunity to discuss composition, collage, and cutting techniques. First we identified and discussed different types of shapes found both in artwork and in our environment. We also talked about what we liked about certain artworks focusing on The Lagoon from Jazz. Now it was time for the students to create their own composition. Choosing color palettes, focusing on cutting "mostly curved or mostly straight edged" shapes, arranging their pieces in different ways before actually gluing, being completely engaged in the art making process...this is arranging a composition...this is success!