Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary Cassatt!

This Saturday, May 22, we'll be celebrating Artist Mary Cassatt's Birthday (May 22, 1844 - June 14, 1926)!

Kids will get to create their own Family Portraits in the Program Room using brightly colored oil pastels. We will draw connections between Cassatt and our young aspiring artists by using materials, techniques and subject matter that are characteristic of Cassatt's artwork.

Although Cassatt was never a mother herself, she is well known for her warm and heartfelt portraits of Mother and Child. We hope that these Cassatt inspired portraits will help foster a love and appreciation of family. Kids will have the chance to answer the following question through art: How can a portrait depict the love that you and your family share? It’s the perfect opportunity for parent-child interaction.

Cassatt was never afraid to learn, and she found traveling to study other artists would help her build her own unique style. We can even say Cassatt was able to play with her art and experiment with conventions. She was affiliated with a group of artists known as Impressionists.

The Impressionists refused to accept the standards set forth by the Salon, the official art exhibition of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, for what art should look like; they wanted more inclusion of new art forms, and thus created their own style of art, which illustrated ordinary life using visible brushstrokes, light colors, open composition and an emphasis on light.

Stop by the Program Room to celebrate a great female American artist this Saturday, and create your own masterpiece!

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