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March Birthdays

06--Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475

14--Diane Arbus, 1923; Jennifer Bartlett, 1941

16--Rosa Bonheur, 1822

19--Georges de La Tour, 1593 William Johnson, 1901

21--Hans Hoffmann, 1880

23--Juan Gris, 1887

28--Grace Hartigan, 1922

30--Vincent van Gogh, 1853


Living by the Kids' Rules

Sleep in your clothes so you'll be dressed in the morning. --Stephanie, age 8.

When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents. --Emma, age 6

Never trust a dog to watch your food. --Patrick, age 10

Never ask for anything that costs more than five dollars when your parents are doing their taxes. --Carol, age 9


Take a Theme, Become Famous

Mary Cassatt's favorite theme was motherhood. Her friend Edgar Degas was convinced this would make her famous because so few artists had portrayed maternal subjects, except in religious paintings.

If you could explore only one theme in your artwork, what would it be? Why?


Better Late Than Never

Anna Mary Robertson Moses didn't begin to paint until she was in her 70s. Then for 30 years, she painted simple, colorful scenes of rural life. Of her career as an artist she said, "If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens."

If you could develop a talent later in life, what would you like to pursue?


Test Feedback

Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies. They all wrote in hydraulics and traveled by Camelot. They built a pier amid the desert.


Punishment Misinterpreted

A teacher and her students were discussing the portrait and self-portrait painters. "Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun was able to change a smiling face into a frowning one with a single stroke of the brush," said the teacher. "No big deal," said one of the kids, "my mom can do that, too!"


Paraphrasing Will Rogers

Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning about art? And if it works as good as the Prohibition amendment did in the 1920s, in five years we will have the most artistically literate people on earth.


From Teacher to Parent

"If you promise not to believe everything your children say happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything they say happens at home."


For Starters

If you could walk into any painting and actually experience the moment it depicts, which painting would you choose? --from The Conversation Piece
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