Early Masters

Early Masters

Painting and art history + appreciation of some of the world’s greatest artists for kids 8 & up in www.earlymasters.com

Operating as usual


I admit it - I’m a little obsessed with Tudor history. I listen to “Talking Tudors” podcast, will watch any documentary on the Tudors (the latest is “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family” PBS, and have several books on the topic- newest one? “Tudors in Love by Sarah Gristwood”. So when one of my students expressed interest in doing the Anne Boleyn - Hever Castle ‘rose’ portrait, I was THRILLED. Loved watching her careful work over the weeks, not to mention how she, in my opinion, gave Anne more life and mystery than the original. :) She decided to leave out the 🌹- but not that iconic “B” around her neck!


A sneaky shot taken last week of my daughter admiring a Van Gogh painting . She did a version of this years ago in class and is always so thrilled going through the halls seeing ‘old friends’ she has learned about over the years. I love hearing about museum trips our families take with their own private ‘docents’ 😂. Parents are always amazed by their children’s love and enthusiasm when they come face to face with the masterpieces they learn about in our classroom. Fostering a lifelong love and appreciation of art will always be our number one priority at Early Masters💓.


Proud artist and Cézanne’s beloved mountain.


Cezanne in juuust a few hours. Nice job Rissi.

Photos from Early Masters's post 02/02/2023

Oh Emily, Oh 🇨🇦!!! EmIly Carr (1871-1945) A great Canadian artist who painted people that were born on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Carr painted aboriginal themes and later on in her life, she painted landscapes, especially forests.


Thank you to all who came out and donated yesterday! So far we have raised $8700 for the smallest citizens of Ukraine; the premature babies. The link (in Bio) to donate to the Paints & Pints fund will be active until Wednesday! Please donate whatever you can so we can reach our goal of $10,000! We were all so moved to hear Liliya Kovalenko (president of UAWS) speak. A huge thank you to for their generous support. 💙💛


! Come to Paints & Pints for Ukraine this Sunday at (2-4) and pick up a special edition bag of the most delicious coffee in Seattle. Yeah, I said it Seattle folks: Best. Coffee. In. Seattle. I wake up to it every morning and damn cranky if I’m out!😳


Did you know Henri Matisse is perhaps the only person in the world that owes their entire life’s passion to a bad case of appendicitis?
When Henri was 18 years old, he set off for the big city to be a lawyer. Shortly thereafter Henri got appendicitis so badly that he had to recuperate at home, which is when his mother gave him a gift second only to the gift of life - a box of paints. His world was changed forever.
Matisse was one of the first to capture the beauty of the Romanian traditional blouse simply called IE. Although he painted and drew many sketches of the Romanian IE, his painting called "La Blouse Roumaine" is the best known one.
The original oil-on-canvas painting is dated 1940 and it measures 3 X 2 ft and is held at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.
This lovely replica painted by the students and parents of Early Masters, has been bumped up in size —- to 4 X 5ft and it can be YOURS this weekend. Come to Paints & Pints at and help us raise money towards crucial neonatal equipment in Ukraine. Jan. 29, 2-4. Can’t join us in person? Click on the Live ZOOM link for remote bidding www.earlymasters.com

Photos from Early Masters's post 01/24/2023

It may be true that Vincent van Gogh will forever be associated with sunflowers, but did you know that the sunflower was immortalized by America's own Georgia O’Keeffe? A rare subject she painted just three times.
Unlike most of O’Keeffe’s close-up images of flowers, this example appears in a landscape environment, with bloom, stem, and leaves framed against that bright blue Southwestern sky she loved so much.
This canvas (4 X 5 ft), painted by the Early Masters community of students, parents, and friends, is just one of the paintings up for auction this weekend at . Jan. 29. 2-4pm. Live auction starts at 3pm.
Can’t make the event? Go to earlymasters.com and click on the ZOOM link and bid remotely!
All proceeds go to crucial NICU equipment and generators in Ukraine. 🇺🇦🇺🇦


Love Kusama to infinity and back! ❤️


We’d like to interrupt your day with a little Canadian content: “Yellow Sky, Blue Spruce,” originally painted in 1917 by Lawren Harris. Harris was a member of the iconic ‘Group of Seven’ and a print of this masterpiece can be found in many homes across the country (including my mother’s :). We love Beckett’s homage to Harris and the Canadian wilderness. 🏔 🇨🇦


Her Picasso is almost as big as she is! Well done Lena :)


A lucky mom is getting a Lawren Harris inspired painting under the tree. 🏠 🇨🇦

Photos from Early Masters's post 12/02/2022

A little Cézanne/Matisse/Cézanne - for your Friday viewing pleasure. 💚 🍎 . 🎨

Photos from Early Masters's post 11/19/2022

“With an apple I will astonish Paris.” Paul Cézanne. Here are a few fabulous paintings that came out of studio this week.


Guess what Zoey is starting to paint !


🎃Happy Halloween 🎃 from the ghouls at Early Masters.


Meow - Trick or treat! 😸

Photos from Early Masters's post 10/19/2022

When they hold up their work and are beaming with such PRIDE … well it really doesn’t get any better.

Photos from Early Masters's post 10/12/2022

The assignment in our ‘Art History and the Runway’ class? To design clothing inspired by an artist we’ve studied in the past. Props to Georgia, Monet, Van Gogh and Bronzino. ❤️

Photos from Early Masters's post 10/11/2022

Paris and Chagall! This class loves learning about the lives of artists who came to Paris from all over during the early 1900’s. Would our students like to live in Montmartre during that time period ??? Hmmmm… maybe with an electric heater in the winter and a fan in the summer 🙄.

Photos from Early Masters's post 09/30/2022

Art History and the Runway. Two of my favorite topics together —with my wonderful teens. Freedom to do what they want, keeping two things in mind: point of view and recognizable art history reference. Just getting started but I think they’re going to slay. 😬


Now unlike the other masterpieces found in the Egyptian gallery, some work was, well, not quite up to the same masterful touch. This little guy is made of poor quality stone,
is ill-proportioned, and the workmanship pretty darn crude. But oh how I love him 😍. He was found (along with another similar one) buried just outside one of the great pyramids. Keep in mind this was more than MOST people had for their burials! No inscription tells us his identity, but the person who commissioned this still built a tomb in the shadow of the pyramids and equipped it with statues that, however humble, could serve as resting places for his everlasting spirit. Facts.


Obsessed with this guy. The masterful modeling of the quartzite and its ruddy color actually gives the illusion of flesh. The Egyptians prized this stone so much they called it biat, or "marvelous.” Maybe even “awesome?” And look at the very individual and unusual curve of the nose, not to mention the elephant-like ears. Those oversize ears are a hallmark of the Middle Kingdom and may be an indication that this guy is ready to hear what his people have to say.


Stolen!!! Just retracing the steps of single largest property theft in the world. It happened at the Gardner Museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990. I’m looking at the frame that held Rembrandt’s only seascape.


Early Masters’ friend and cheerleader has cover out this week for the celebrity issue. Will need a poster of this for the studio A. S freakin P.


Arrival ‘tool kits’ ready and waiting for our girls for another magical year at .
Ten years of ridin’, swimmin’, raftin’, cookin’, and makin’ art.


Cowgirl prep time once again. How do you make a starchy new bandana soft and worn like it’s been around your neck for three summers? A couple cups of salt in a tub of water and let them bake in the sun for the weekend.


Seattle art firebrand came to visit today! She had a special sneak VIP preview of our Friday gallery show. We love you Nancy!


"Viva la Vida, Watermelons”, was completed by Frida Kahlo just eight days before she died. The message painted on the center melon, "Viva la Vida" or “Long live life” may have been a straightforward statement as she neared death, or, perhaps it was an ironic comment based on her pain-filled existence due to polio, a bus accident, and multiple surgeries. The watermelon could symbolize Frida herself; a woman who had to develop a thick skin to weather a life marked with physical pain, a troubled marriage to Diego Rivera and harsh criticism of her art. Here, Aida presents her version to the world while Frida looks over her shoulder.


Oh those Mexican Modernists! Students inspired by Frida, Diego, and a little Lila Downs:).

Photos from Early Masters's post 07/10/2022

Well ARE you smarter than an Early Master? As you can see by yesterday’s scoreboard, parents did NOT read their daily take home notes- and they were crushed.


Busy relaxing.

Photos from Early Masters's post 07/06/2022

Expressive Animal week at the studio! The ever laid back sloth gets the Van Gogh treatment !

Photos from Early Masters's post 07/01/2022

Self portraits in the Van Gogh style! A few examples of the inspired work from the Early Masters studio this week. Looking at yourself in the mirror for hours is challenging, but done in the style of one of our favorite artists makes it an exciting and EXPRESSIVE opportunity.


Mirror check!!!

Photos from Early Masters's post 06/29/2022

Some work from Day 2 of our teen summer ‘Portrait Week’! We learned about painter Agnes Grochulska. While her work is representational, her dynamic portraits capture the emotion of their subjects with a rich language of expressive marks and abstracted forms. Our students LOVED trying out her style.

Photos from Early Masters's post 06/27/2022

A few Fayum selfies.


For our first ‘Portrait Week’ morning - we thought we’d go back a couple thousand years.😳

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