Mary Cassatt

Art Projects and Curriculum

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About Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

Mary Cassatt was an American artist who lived much of her life in France and became an important member of the Impressionist movement. Born in 1844, she was one of the few female artists to participate in the Impressionist exhibitions, and her works often focused on the intimate relationships between mothers and children.

Cassatt was known for her use of color and loose brushwork, as well as her sensitivity to the emotional experiences of women. She was also a prominent advocate for women's rights and used her artwork to challenge traditional gender roles. Her work has had a lasting impact on both American and European art and continues to be celebrated for its tender and insightful depictions of the lives of women and children.

Mary Cassatt Art Lesson & Art Activity

Students will learn about the life and works of impressionist Mary Cassatt. They will explore art elements including color and line as the create portraits and hats while learning about proportions of the human face. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Color, Line

Art Activity Emphasis

Portraits and Hats, Proportions of Face

Vocabulary Learned

composition, contrast, pastel, impressionist, overlapping, portrait

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels
Art Lessons for Mary Cassatt

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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I am the director of Meet the Masters at REACH Leadership STEAM Academy in Riverside California. The children love the art projects and look forward to learning about artists every month. At the end of every school year we do an art gallery where we display the student’s artwork. The parents, students, and school staff all enjoy Meet the Masters!

Ruben Nolasco
Director, REACH Leadership STEAM Academy, Riverside, CA

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