Open Studio: The Object is an Actor

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Henri Matisse ('The Parakeet and the Mermaid' 1952)
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'The Parakeet and the Mermaid' 1952

© Stedelijk. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('The Eskimo' 1947)
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'The Eskimo' 1947

Designmuseum Danmark. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('The Clown' 1943)
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'The Clown' 1943

© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Migeat
Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('Large Composition with Masks' 1953)
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'Large Composition with Masks' 1953

National Gallery of Art, Washington. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1973.17.1
Digital Image: © National Gallery of Art, Washington
Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('The Snail' 1953)
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'The Snail' 1953

Tate. © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013

Henri Matisse ('Memory of Oceania' 1952-3)
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'Memory of Oceania' 1952-3

MoMA © 2013. The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala Florence
© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013

Henri Matisse ('Blue Nude II' spring 1952)
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'Blue Nude II' spring 1952

Digital image: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Droits réservés
Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('Blue Nude (I)' 1952)
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'Blue Nude (I)' 1952

Foundation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. Digital image: Robert Bayer, Basel. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('Icarus' 1946)
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'Icarus' 1946

Maquette for plate VIII of the illustrated book Jazz 1947. Digital image: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Claude Planchet. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('Creole Dancer' 1950)
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'Creole Dancer' 1950

Musee Matisse, Nice. Digital image: François Fernandez. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('Violet Leaf on Orange Background (Palmette)' 1947)
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'Violet Leaf on Orange Background (Palmette)' 1947

Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Marron, New York. © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Henri Matisse ('The Lagoon' 1946 )
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'The Lagoon' 1946

Maquette for plate XVII of the illustrated book Jazz 1947. Digital image: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Migeat. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Catching a blockbuster exhibition often means the kids needs to be otherwise occupied, but not so at Tate Modern's phenomenally successful Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, whic also happens to be extremely child-friendly. This Tate video shows children responding joyously to the towering, intensely coloured papercuts. Under-12s go free to the exhibition and also eat free at the gallery with a paying parent.

Alongside the show, these free workshops build on the artist's statement that the object is an actor and let kids explore ways of representing their chosen characters in still-life drawings. The sessions are suitable for under-16s and take place in the Clore Learning Centre.