Cyber Studio: Personal Collage

Create a Personal Collage with MAM art educator Agnieszka Aggie Wszolkowska, based on Janet Tyler Pickett's artwork, Me and Matisse, 2001.

Janet Tyler Pickett, an artist living in Montclair, New Jersey, wrote a book about her childhood dream of becoming an artist. In the book, she wrote of Henri Matisse, and how “She fell in love with his color, and dreamt of living inside one of his rooms." 

In an exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum, she showed over 60 dresses collaged with pictures cut from books of Matisse’s artwork. She said, “the dress is a vessel of who I am - a black woman growing up to be an artist.”


  • Drawing Paper
  • Magazine
  • Scraps of Fabric
  • Pencil
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors


  1. Draw a dress or a shirt.
  2. Tear images you like from a magazine. Torn edges look great, or use scissors. Add fabric. 
  3. Arrange papers and fabric on your drawing. Experiment with different compositions. 
  4. Once you are happy with your arrangement, glue down your design.
  5. Cut out your design, or decorate the background 
  6. Add paint.

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