Ideas submitted by Shannon Rollman-Reilly
~When introducing Mary Cassatt, stress that she was a woman doing something that was considered a "man's job".
~Read the nice biography found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
~Get out your state map...Cassatt grew up in Pennsylvania. Find Pennsylvania.
~She studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts...Does your child know anyone else who spent time in Philly...Ben Franklin, George Washington, etc. Lots of possible answers here.
~She spent most of her time in Paris, France. Find it on the globe.
~Explain the Salon...it will come up time and time again in art.
--hit "start tour"...its nice...the smaller pictures enlarge beautifully.
~A larger collection (but the pics don't enlarge) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
~Ask your art questions to discuss:
~Mary Cassatt liked to do printmaking. Purchase or make a stamping stencil and make a picture or card for someone. (Apply the paint to the stamp by rolling or painting the paint in a shallow dish and then dipping the stamp.)
~Cassatt used pastels for her work often. Purchase a small set of oil pastels. (I've seen a set of approx. 10 in the stationary dept. of Walmart). Make a picture using this very vibrant medium.
~Purchase the Color Your Own Mary Cassatt Masterpieces.
to get from HBO, HBO Family Channel, the library possibly, a copy of the
video or the time of appearance for The Artists' Specials..."Mary Cassatt:American
Impressionist". I love these
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