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' 1947Designmuseum 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 MigeatArtwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014
Henri Matisse ('Large Composition with Masks' 1953)
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'Large Composition with Masks' 1953National Gallery of Art, Washington. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1973.17.1Digital Image: © National Gallery of Art, WashingtonArtwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014
Henri Matisse ('The Snail' 1953)
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'The Snail' 1953Tate. © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013
Henri Matisse ('Memory of Oceania' 1952-3)
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'Memory of Oceania' 1952-3MoMA © 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 1952Digital image: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Droits réservésArtwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014
Henri Matisse ('Blue Nude (I)' 1952)
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'Blue Nude (I)' 1952Foundation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. Digital image: Robert Bayer, Basel. Artwork: © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014
Henri Matisse ('Icarus' 1946)
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'Icarus' 1946Maquette 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' 1950Musee 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)' 1947Mr. 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.

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