Dropping in on Matisse

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Dropping in on Matisse

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Join Puffer the puffin as he flies into the south of France in the mid-twentieth century to explore the life and artwork of artist Henri Matisse. As Puffer interviews Matisse, he learns how and why the artist’s work evolved from colorfully patterned paintings to his unique paper cutouts. Young viewers and adults alike will enjoy the light-hearted approach taken with Dropping in on Matisse. The program combines animation sequences with details and full-screen images of actual masterworks, including Goldfish, Woman with the Hat, Roofs at Collioure, Interior with Egyptian Curtain, The Trapeze Performers, and The Sadness of the King. Characters in the video pose open-ended questions that prompt viewers of all ages to make their own critical analyses and interpretations of the works of art. A companion book of the same name is available and reinforces the material presented in the video. Written by Pam Stephens Animated by Donald Wass

"This outstanding instructional art history video would make an excellent addition to any grade school or junior high curriculum supplement." Children's Bookwatch