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There are many famous portraits of people wearing hats such as this one by Vermeer

They provide great shadows across the face and are often objects of beauty as well as just practical. Here Matisse makes the Hat as important as the rest of the figure.

On Thursday I would like us to remember the decorative freedom with which we painted our "Nabis" interiors where the interplay of colour becomes at least as important as "modelling the form" . Matisse (above) and the fauvist painters loved to take colour to their maximum expression too.

It will be a great opportunity to develop layering our painting using a variety of brushstrokes and bolder colours that we can echo in the background as well as the foreground.

Degas, Renoir and Manet loved painting hats too!