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Grade 9-12
1h 4m

A Panoramic Look at Art History: Painting with Scissors with Henri Matisse

by Merritt Barnwell | Arts FREE

3 Lessons 1:04:32
  1. 1. Introduction 35:49
  2. 2. Matisse's Cutouts 16:18
  3. 3. Making 12:25

Grade 9-12

1h 4m

NGSS Standards



About the course

An exploration and lesson on the last decade of Henri Matisse's life where he substituted his paintbrush for scissors and his paint with paper. There will be an overview of this period in his life and then an arts and crafts project that will mimic his process that will be accompanied by the explanation for the choices he made.


  • Blues
  • Composition
  • Eaves
  • Henri Matisse
  • Orange
  • Painting with Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pomegranate
  • Scissors


Hello, my name is Merritt! I am a student at Yale University where I study Art History and Studio Art. I am personally very passionate about painting and graphic design, specifically, book design. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was always surrounded by art. When I was younger I volunteered at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum where I first participated in arts education. I now tour-guide at the Yale Center for British Art where I teach visitors about the collection. I am interested in making art more accessible and hope that shows through in my videos!

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