The second artist we’re studying in our Meet the Masters program is Mary Cassatt. She specialized in women and children, as at the time, it was inappropriate to paint men that weren’t in her family. She was the only American who exhibited with the Impressionists. She befriended Edgar Degas, an artist we’ll also be studying soon.

Mary loved to use chalk pastels for her painting, so this is the medium we used in this project. Meet the Masters first had us practice drawing a big hat, and then showed us how to position our chalk to get both thick and thin lines. Here are our experiments with making chalk pastel plaid patterns.

After practicing, we made our pattern once again, this time making a hat design on the back. We cut it out and pasted it on black paper. Satori added the woman’s head.