Mary Cassatt was the next Master Artist, following Vincent van Gogh, in our Art Course this year. We completed this unit study last Saturday afternoon. Each of the units has taken us about three hours to complete - one for the lesson/discussion, one for the worksheets, and one for the art activity. We prefer spending a whole afternoon completing the units, but they could easily be broken up and spread out over the week or month. My goal for this year is to complete Tract A, which leaves us with Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet coming up this spring.
.: Master Artist Introduction :.
Mary Cassatt (kah-SAHT)
Mary Cassatt was an American who traveled to France to study art. It was quite an accomplishment for a woman, and an American at that, to exhubit with the famous Impressionists. She beautifully painted portraits of women and children.
Art Activity Emphasis: Portraits, Hats
Media: Pastel on Colored Paper
.: Art Supplies :.
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18" x 24" Newsprint (for practicing plaid/patterns)
Oil Pastels (we ended up using these oil pastels and not the pastels pictured above)
12" x 15" black paper (I only had 5 sheets, so Rose used brown)
6" x 9" sheet of skin toned paper (We used Ivory Card Stock trimmed to size)
various Pastel Colored Construction paper (pale green. pale blue, pale pink, pale purple, etc)
Scissors and Glue
Red Crayon or Red Colored Pencil
.: Practice Technique - Portraits, Hats, and Patterns :.
.: Art Project - Girl In Large Hat :.
.: Additional Reading :.
(This book, along with more of the Mini Masters, will be added to Easter Baskets this spring.)
|Young Mother Sewing (1900)|
During our lesson we identified and studied the "line of composition" in some of her paintings including Young Mother Sewing and Breakfast in Bed.
Breakfast in Bed (1897)
Color Your Own Mary Cassatt Masterpieces