Good art can pull you in…only if you simply make the effort to extend your hand.
My favorite week of being an elementary teacher is the week of open house because it’s when I get to have my second dream job as an art docent as the PTA Arts and Education chair.
We started the week with Mary Cassatt, the original American in Paris. Art is most memorable when you can make a connection. I asked the children to walk by her art and see if you can make a connection. “Can you see yourself with your mom in her art?” Mary Cassatt was a genius at capturing a moment between rest and play. She shows you her context and asks you to draw your own conclusions. I would ask the children, “Do you think Mary Cassatt was a mother?” No, she wasn’t! Her whole life prepared her for it…homemaking, embroidery, music and painting but she never married.
Here are a few interesting facts about Mary…
- She was a huge fan of large hats
- her father had very strong objections about her being an artist, she was raised to become a mother
- she had diabetes
- she supported the cause of women’s suffrage.