Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

Friday 5 June – Saturday 4 July 2015
Henri Matisse: Fleurs de neige (Snow Flowers), 1951, gouache découpée 173,1 x 81cm; © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2015 | Matisse: Drawing with Scissors | Friday 5 June – Saturday 4 July 2015 | Municipal Gallery

The French painter, sculptor and designer Henri Matisse (1868-1954) was one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors is a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre which features 35 reproduction lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs that Matisse produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed.  It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

To complement the exhibition, artist Helen Barry will be creating an artistic hub in the Project Room beside the Gallery.  This Hub will be designed to enhance visitors’ response to the exhibition whilst offering lots of inspiring and creative activities for families and children of all ages to enjoy.

The Hub will be open daily, free of charge.  In tandem there will be a full learning programme of Matisse-inspired workshops carefully designed for children aged 4 months to 6 years. 

The Huban interactive installation inspired by the home and work of Matisse. The hub is open daily in the Project Room, (beside gallery) level 3 and is free of charge.

Workshops: our Matisse -inspired workshops have been designed especially for very young children and their families by artist Helen Barry to suit the different developmental stages of children aged four months to six years.


Age: 4 months – 14 months: 10-10.45am: 10th,17th, 24th June & 1st July Book now

For the very very young these workshops will focus on exploring colour, shape and texture with your child. Using age appropriate materials and fabrics to play, touch, feel, and begin the process of creating together with your child.

Indigo Blue

Age: 4 – 5yrs 2.30-3.45pm: 16th June Book now

Age: 5 – 6yrs 2.30 – 3.45pm 30th June Book now

Family Workshop 10.30am – 12.30pm 13th June Book now

The Indigo Blue workshops will use different printmaking techniques including mono-printing, screen-printing and collagraphy to create limited edition prints.


Age: 15-30 months: 10-10.45am: 9th 16th & 23rd June Book now

Age: 20-36 months: 9.45-10.30am: 11th & 18th June Book now

This workshop will look at the movement and sounds of animals to give us ideas for creating colourful paper mobiles, giant collages, horses, birds or other land and sea creatures.


Age: 4 – 6 yrs: 2.30 – 3.45pm: 23rd June Book now

Age: 4 – 6 yrs: 2.30 – 3.45pm: 1st July Book now

Family Workshop: 10.30am – 12pm 4th July  Book now

The Acrobats workshops will explore physical movement through sound and visual art, creating large scale collages and family portraits.

The Fauves (Wild Beasts) 

Age: 2-3yrs: 11.30am-12.15pm: 16th June Book now 10-10.45am: 30th June Book now

Age: 3-4yrs: 11.15am-12.15pm: 17th June Book now 11.30am-12.30pm: 1st July Book now

Age: 4-5yrs: 2.30-3.30pm: 9th June  Book now 11.15am-12.15pm: 30th June Book now

School Workshops:(junior & senior infants only)

11.00am-12.15pm: 11th & 12th June Book now

11.30am-12.45pm: 24th June Book now

Matisse was the leader of art movement The Fauves or Wild Beasts. This workshop will create stories and new worlds using collage, printmaking, painting, stained glass or mobiles.

Seilmide or Snail: (an animal that carries his home on his back) 

Age: 2-3yrs: 11.30am-12.30pm: 9th & 23rd June Book now

Age: 3-4yrs: 11.15am-12.15pm: 10th June Book now

‘The Snail’ or ‘L’Escargot’ is one of Matisse’s most loved pictures. This workshop uses movement, drama, visual art and a transparent umbrella to explore the idea of home through the life of a snail.

I have never been bored

No booking required

10am-4.30pm: 6th & 27th June

Our Family drop-in days aim to inspire visitors of all ages to take a deeper look at the world of Matisse. Helen will offer families different ways of looking at the work in the exhibition and provide hands-on instructions to all of the different activities in The Hub where an interactive installation offers opportunities to think imagine and create just like Matisse.

Special Grandparents Workshop

Indigo Blue

Age: 4-6yrs: 11am-12.30pm: 20th June Book now

Age: 4-6yrs: 2-3.15pm: 2nd July Book now

Seilmide or Snail

Age: 2-4yrs: Time: 10-11am: 25th June Book now

Age: 3-4 yrs: Time: 12-1pm: 2nd July Book now

The Fauves

Age: 2-3yrs: Time: 10-11am: 2nd July Book now

These workshops are just for grandparents and their grandchildren.

Further info:

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Henri Matisse: Fleurs de neige (Snow Flowers), 1951, gouache découpée 173,1 x 81cm; © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2015

Friday 5 June – Saturday 4 July 2015
Municipal Gallery
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Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Telephone: +353 1 271 9531
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Admission / price: Free
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