Modern Masters: Henri Matisse Documentary Viewing Guide

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Modern Masters is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Alastair Sooke. The series was broadcasted in 2010. Each of the four one hour episodes examines the biography of an artist and his key work through Sooke's considerations and some reenactments.

Great 2-day activity for your substitute teacher!!!!

In this episode, Henri Matisse's life and art is featured, leading up to the climate close of Matisse’s life and work: Chapel of the Rosary. This guide comes with 41 fill-in-the-blank questions to help the viewer follow the documentary. An answer key is provided. The video can be found on YouTube.

The worksheets split the movie into two equal halves. I have had tremendous success with these worksheets. The students stay fully engaged while watching the movie. The fill-in-the-blank questions are in sync with how the documentary is presented. This approach maintains attentive listeners because the students are anxiously waiting for the next upcoming answer.

This activity is perfect for any Studio Art class, Art History class, and World History class.

Warning: There are three brief segments (1-2min) within the documentary where the commentator discusses some of the nude pieces done by Matisse. There are no questions within the worksheets that pertain to these segments.

What you will receive:
-1 pdf student (41 question) worksheet set (5 pages in length)
-A second copy of the student worksheet set saved as a doc
-1 pdf answer key that includes a YouTube URL to the documentary

Key Words: Henri Matisse, French, Fauve, France, World War, WWI, World History, Art History
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