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Grade 9-12

The Dance: French Art History and Henri Matisse

by Merritt Barnwell | Arts FREE

3 Lessons 41:05
  1. 1. Introduction 6:42
  2. 2. Lecture 31:11
  3. 3. Video of Matisse 3:12

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards



About the course

During this course, we will discuss french art such as The Dance and the revolutionary French artist, Henri Matisse, and his life. We will begin the course with a brief description of his life's work and what he is most known for. Then we will begin an in-depth lecture on Matisse's life paired with accompanying images. After a brief video of Matisse speaking about his work to acquaint everyone with his personality, we will discuss two specific masterpieces by the artist and give detailed descriptions.


  • Biography
  • Color
  • Fauvism
  • Herni Matisse
  • Matisse


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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