Henri Matisse embraced the freeing world of collage, leaving traditional painting behind but not abandoning it completely. He referred to his cut-outs as "painting with scissors" and said, "Only what I created after the illness constitutes my real self: free, liberated."
Taking inspiration from Matisse the class set out to create our own cut-outs, in the style of a triptych. We used various organic shapes of paper, layering translucent tissue paper over opaque construction paper. This project could be fun for all ages, if the students would allow it to be. However, I don't believe most secondary students would be able to step outside their mind and enjoy the project. For elementary, this project would be a blast! Because some of the younger students aren't as skilled with scissors and paste, I would be inclined to use this project in the upper elementary such as third or fourth grade. At this age they are still interested in art for expression rather than realism and have the technical skills to complete a project like this.