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Mary Cassatt

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6 to 12
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This site offers a generous helping of images of Mary Cassatt's late 19th-century impressionist work. Cassatt was one of few Americans to paint in the impressionist style, making her...more
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This site offers a generous helping of images of Mary Cassatt's late 19th-century impressionist work. Cassatt was one of few Americans to paint in the impressionist style, making her even more interesting to American students. Large format images make this site especially useful as a teaching tool.

tag(s): art history (80), artists (76), impressionism (5), painting (56)

In the Classroom

Before introducing students to Cassatt's paintings, briefly go over the Themes of Impressionism page on the site Impressionism, reviewed here, using an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Have students pay particular attention to the third paragraph about how Impressionism differs from previous works of art. Ask them what makes Cassatt's paintings Impressionistic. After students have viewed several of Cassatt's paintings, ask them what the themes of her paintings might be (women and children). Create a class Padlet, reviewed here, and enhance student learning by asking small groups to research Mary Cassatt and decide on the five most interesting facts about her life. Have the small groups post these on the Padlet.

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