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Making Magic: Inspiring Children with Art

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How do you spark excitement about art history in young children? For this HENI Talk, we filmed leading arts education charity, Magic Lantern, run an inspiring workshop for the pupils in a north London primary school.

We follow Director, Matthew Sanders (or 'Magic Matt', as he is known to his young fans) explore the theme of 'Winter' by looking closely at masterworks such as Hokusai's Great Wave *and Brueghel's *Hunters in the Snow. Using creative techniques such as role play, storytelling, and *Where's Wally?-*like puzzles, Matt inspires a thirst for knowledge in the children and shows how learning about paintings from the past can be fun and transformative.

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Matthew Sanders has been delivering Magic Lantern's interactive art history workshops in schools, prisons, hospitals and homeless shelters since 2006 and has run the educational charity since 2010.  He specialises in making art accessible to anyone and demonstrating that there is no subject, topic or issue that art history cannot explore and illuminate. He came to this role from a background in the film industry, where he has over 20 years' experience as an international film and TV publicist. He graduated with a BA in History of Art from the University of Warwick in 1995.

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