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Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt is one of America's most famous female artists. She was an impressionist artist best known for her works featuring mothers and their children. She often used pastel colors and was greatly influenced by Japanese printmaking.

With this art box, children will learn more about Mary Cassatt's life and artwork by reading a short biography and reproducing some of her work! Your young artists will create 2 reproductions of Mary’s art works, they will learn about and practice printmaking techniques, and they will create a diorama based on Mary's famous work The Boating Party!


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Activities in the Mary Cassatt Box:
Young Woman in Green, Outdoors in the Sun Mixed-Media
The first reproduction will be of Young Woman in Green, Outdoors in the Sun using mixed media techniques. Children will also learn to draw a self-portrait by following a step-by-step tutorial!

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Mixed media self portrait
Lilacs in a Window Floating Chalk
The second reproduction features Lilacs in a Window, one of the few still lifes Mary Cassatt painted. Children will use a fun floating chalk technique to create an impressionist style background and then they will make their flowers blooms using paint and tissue paper.

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Mixed media impressionism
Etching and Collography Monoprinting Techniques
Mary Cassatt was inspired by Japanese printing, therefore your children will explore 2 kinds of monoprint making: etching and collography.

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mono printmaking
The Boating Party Diorama
For the final project, your young artist will create a diorama based on Mary's work The Boating Party. The diorama features a paper-mache boat and cute wooden peg people!

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boating party diorama
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