Family fun day

Elmbridge Museum is starting its 2018 annual Family Fun programme with an Art and Craft session based on late works by Matisse. The event will be held on Saturday 10 February from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames which currently hosts an exhibition of the artist’s paper cut-outs produced in the last four years of his life. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. The children will take inspiration from the prints of the original works to create their own cut-outs to take home.

The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. In his late sixties, when Matisse suffered from ill-health and could not paint anymore, he began to use painted paper which he cut with scissors as a new medium. His creations were bold, exuberant, and often large in scale. They were incredibly engaging and sophisticated while being simple. The works currently exhibited at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre is a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre and features 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs.

Cllr Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “What a marvellous way to introduce children to the world of Matisse! His cut-outs provide a wonderful source of inspiration for them to make their own creations, using scissors and painted paper. This promises to be a fun and engaging workshop for both children and parents”.
Family Fun events are held by Elmbridge Museum on a Saturday at a different location every month and include an art and craft activity based on a specific period of history. Sessions run from 2.00pm - 4.30pm. Although booking is not necessary, we operate on a first come, first served basis so come early to avoid disappointment! Children must be accompanied by an adult. A charge of £1.50 per child applies.

For further information, please visit the Elmbridge Museum website or call the Museum Team on 01372 474576.

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