We’ve got a whole programme of free activities for children and families that will help you explore Matisse’s ways of seeing, thinking and making.

Before your visit

Download the full guide for families [PDF 535 Kb] and bring it with you on your visit to the exhibition, or you can pick up a copy at the exhibition entrance.

During your visit

The Family Gallery (open daily from 24 July 2014) brings Matisse’s cut-outs to life in a whole new way through specially commissioned sound, animation and sculptural works.

Drop into our Matisse-inspired drawing studio (open weekends, plus Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays) and let your choice of object lead the way on a drawing journey through shape and form, light and shadow.

Pick up Colour Walk from the Family Room (open weekends, plus Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays), and explore the subtle tones of colour that Matisse and other artists in Tate’s collection use in their work. You’ll be able to contribute your findings to the growing Colour Walk archive.

All our activities are inspired by children’s book Meet Matisse by Jean-Vincent Sénac.

After your visit

Inspired by Matisse’s artwork? Make your own creations, get inspired by Air Brush and Tate Paint on Tate Kids, or try our Make a collage activity and make your own version of The Snail!

Tweet @tate_kids using #Matisse and you could see your work online.

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  • Make+Paint after-school club show off their Matisse-inspired collages

    Make+Paint after-school club use scissors and glue to create their own Matisse-inspired artworks

  • Make+Paint after-school club show off their Matisse-inspired collages

    Make+Paint after-school club use scissors and glue to create their own Matisse-inspired artworks

  • Matisse-inspired collages from Culture Baby

    Culture Baby has made some great creations inspired by Matisse

    © @Culture_Baby

  • Matisse-inspired collages from Culture Baby

    Culture Baby has made some great creations inspired by Matisse

    © @Culture_Baby

  • Matisse-inspired collages from Culture Baby

    Culture Baby has made some great creations inspired by Matisse

    © @Culture_Baby

  • Charlie and Finn posing in front of their Matisse-inspired collages

    Charlie and Finn with their Matisse-inspired collages