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Oct 8, 2012

Meet the Masters: Mary Cassatt

Well I have to admit that our school days are quickly filled with many things to do and blogging falls to the end of that list. That being said we did these studies a few weeks ago but it was still on my list of things to write about AND the kids learned a lot. So here's a quick post about our artist of week~ 
Mary Cassatt
Step 1: Slide Show Lesson; we went through the following slides and learned a lot about Mary, her technique, where she did her art, what she painted/drew with pastels, information about her life, family and friends such as Degas. Then followed up by a short quiz on the computer to recall what we learned.

 Step 2: A mini-student workbook practicing how she drew. Then we practiced exploring different ways to hold oil-pastels to make different strokes on paper such as "the flat stroke,' 'the diagonal stroke,' 'the edge stroke,' and 'the curved stroke.'

Step 3: Creating our own works of art. This is the part my kids look forward to every time we do an artist study. During this time we put to work the techniques we learned and create lovely art pieces for our classroom. The end result, pastel drawings of the hats Cassatt typically drew on her figures, so to speak ;)

At the end I suggested that he add flowers to his hat but Junior insisted that a men do not wear flowers on their hats and because he's right we left his hat plain with just the plaid design.

Great study with great potential for learning, Mary Cassatt.

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