Early Masters

Painting and art history + appreciation of some of the world’s greatest artists for kids 12 & up in Seattle!


While standing in front of ‘Berthe Morisot Étendue’ (1873) at the Musée Marmottan, I found it impossible to look away. Édouard Manet is of course recognized by many to be the founding father of modernism. Easy brushstrokes? Check. Distinct colors and sense of light? Check, check. Simplification of details, response to dark smoldering beauty of subject? Yup — wait, what was that last one? Fact: when you encounter a portrait of Berthe by Manet up close you almost feel like a ‘third wheel.’ Art historians have tied themselves into knots trying to decide whether they actually had a romantic relationship. Oh it’s clear if you read her letters, she worshiped him. But Morisot also challenged Manet. She curbed his obsession with style and urged him to paint outdoors. Her luscious work, in turn, reflected his. And as her self-confidence increased, however so did her originality and artistic ambition. Edgar Degas wooed her into the first Impressionist Exhibition, Manet declined and a bond was broken. Berthe did eventually become Mrs. E. Manet … by marrying his brother Eugene. Manet painted one final portrait of her, and a gold band is prominent of her ring finger. The eyes however, lost their mystery. #manet #edouardmanet #berthemorisot #museemarmottan #paris

S T O L E N L A S T N I G H T !! In OTHER Van Gogh news, the painting “The Parsonage Garden At Nuenen In Spring 1884,” was stolen during an overnight break-in at the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam. (Permanent collection of @groningermuseum ) 😡 Hard enough museums have to close right now but THIS is the lowest. Criminals WILL be caught - the museum wants to make sure this image is posted all over the world to help catch them soon. #stolenart #stolenartwork #stolenvangogh #vincentvangogh

My daughter’s contribution to our dining room wall: “After Vincent Van Gogh” a gift this year for her dad. ❤️ Vincent keeping company with C’s brother, The Notorious B.I.G and a teeny tiny Karl Lagerfeld. 😳#earlymastersathome #artforkids #seattlestayhome #exhibitiononline

Hey gang - let’s have an art show online! Please take a picture of your Early Masters artwork at home! And that means you too parents (parent & child classes) AND those ‘vintage pieces’ from my students who are now 😳 gulp, college age! #earlymastersathome #onlineexhibition #seattle❤️ #seattleart

Today: Picasso’s birds! On looking at art the master said:
“Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway. So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look.” Pablo Picasso #putabirdonit #artquotesoftheday #picasso #kidsarthistory

Sister act! It’s all in the family for these three siblings and it was a Faith Ringgold fest -all day long. During her college years, Faith became a feminist activist and helped to influence museums to display the works of women and African-Americans. Throughout the years she has exhibited her artwork in major museums around the world. We need more Faith. #sistersquad #faithringgold #sisterlove👭 #mlkday

A few more of our (tired) students from #vangoghweek . #arteducationmatters #kidsloveart #kidsart #gallerywall #vincentvangogh @ Early Masters

Some of this week’s Frida inspired work included “The Frame” a 1938 self-portrait. The painting was the first work by a 20th-century Mexican artist to be purchased by a major international museum, when it was acquired by The Louvre in 1939. The painting is now shown at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This version (painted on glass and canvas)was painted by Zoe- 11 years old. :) #fridaforever❤️ #Fridamania #fridakahlo #pompidou #arteducation @ Early Masters

‘Spanish Superstars’ - a few paintings from our young artists this week! 💥🇪🇸❤️💛❤️ #Spain #youngartists #arthistorynerds @ Early Masters

Our ‘Spanish Superstars’. Outrageously focused and fun group. Velazquez, Picasso, Miró, Gaudí, Dalí...covered a lot of ground and a LOT of painting in four days. (And no filter ‘cause @briansmale ❤️) #lovekidsart #artsed #spain #spanishart #lovemyjob

Dalí loved him- Picasso was um, less enthusiastic. Our students seemed to be digging the work of ‘God’s Architect’ today. (aka Antoni Gaudí ). Barely a word from them all morning. 🤔 Maybe it was the flamenco 💃 guitar music. #artismeditation #focus #kidsart #spain #spanishsuperstars @ Early Masters

‘Spanish Superstars’ starting off strong this week- with the master from Malaga himself. #picasso #spain #artsed #artseducation @ Early Masters

Miró Monday for a Seattle June-uary kind of morning. #seattlesummer #kidsloveart #joanmiró #miro #whoneedsabeachanyway @ Early Masters

Knocking out those masterpieces for this week’s ‘Dream Collection’ workshop. #artseducation #yesarthistorycanbefun @ Early Masters

Looking at Vincent today...#sunflowers #vangogh #artseducation #arteducationmatters

Magic. #linocut #lino #kidsartwork #artseducation

Having fun with knives at Early Masters. Thanks @kurt.reifschneider! #kurtsback #linocut #lino #linocutprint @ Early Masters

What a thrill to have @kurt.reifschneider back as our guest teacher/artist! The results of this linocut class were quite extraordinary. And not a band-aid in sight. 🙌Now that’s success. 👉#kurtsback
#linocut #teacherinspiration

@ Early Masters

“With an apple, I will astonish Paris.” Paul Cézanne. #cézanne #afterschoolart #artsed @ Early Masters

“An art which is based on feeling isn’t art at all.” Paul Cézanne. #artseducation #cezanne #afterschool #afterschoolart

“With an apple, I will astonish Paris.” #artseducation #cezanne #afterschoolart

After eight super tense minutes, Claude Monet’s 1890 painting “Meules” sold for $110.7 million on Tuesday, an auction high for the artist and the most EVER for any Impressionist work, according to Sotheby’s. Naturally we tried it in class yesterday- the results were...priceless. #monet #sothebys #sothebysnewyork #artseducation

Rockin’ the Teacher’s smock. #feelingcute #studiostyle #studentfocused #afterschool #afterschoolart

Our student Eva went a little wild with her Air Force 1’s making them anything but basic. #individualstyle #creativekicks #kidsareawesome #nike #airforce1

An easy way to make students really observe the details of their subject when sketching? Make it delicious AND make it edible. #foodasart #afterschoolart #afterschool

Grisaille goin’ down. #grisaille #greyscale #afterschool #afterschoolart

Window inspiration at Early Masters. #spring #monet #flowersalways #afterschool #afterschoolart

Happy Earth Day! 🌲 Here, a student’s interpretation of Emily Carr’s “Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky” (1935), a badly shaped tree rejected by the woodcutter. The tree is surrounded by tree stumps Emily referred to as ‘screamers,’ - the cry of the tree’s heart. She was a rad environmentalist (before there was even a name for it) and expressed on canvas her love of the great forests and vast skies of her beloved British Columbia. #earthdayeverydamnday #emilycarr #earthday2019 #womenartists #canadianicon #aheadofhertime

It’s...well I couldn’t figure that one out but it was above the soy sauce and next to the nori. 🥴#modiglianionthegroceryshelf #artiseverywhere #modiglianineverwouldhaveguessed

Warhol Cats... all named Sam. #warhol #andywarhol #springart #catsofinstagram #kidsarthistory @ Early Masters

A little Franz Marc for our animals in art series this morning. (Some still works in progress). #seattlekids #springbreak #seattleartist #kidsloveart @ Early Masters

Kids love Queen and would listen to it ALL day long if they could. Funny, many have recently seen Bohemian Rhapsody and consider it their ‘discovery’. #queen #freddiemercuryforeverlives #seattlekids

Whether you’re 8, 12, (or in the case of David Hockney 82, or Alex Katz 92), when it comes to art, age is just a number dawg! #artisforeveryone #animalsinart #davidhockney #alexkatz #springcamp #artinadayswork @ Early Masters

Devouring this 800 page beast in preparation for our ‘Spanish Superstars’ summer camps. A few few spots left - and really, what child wouldn’t want to learn about the magic of these maestros? Sorry parents- FKO ;). (For kids only). #icons #summerartcamp #seattlekids

East coast teacher in her west coast studio getting caught up on work, sort of. Feeling a little too cozy in my Newfoundland handmade socks. #fogoisland #fogoislandarts #teacheronbreak

Kids are out the door and teacher faces the fallout. #matissemess #afterschoolart

This Fabulous Fauve has been painting with scissors. #afterschool #kidsartclass #matisse #vividcolor

Yesterday’s class (the great duos of art history) focused Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter. Kids were blown way by the intense colors of Münter’s palette. Love!!! #gabrielemünter #afterschool #kidsartclass #vividcolor arthistorystudent

🎵 Kandinsky’s got a giiiiirrrrrlfriend. 🎵 #gabrielemunter #kidsartclass #afterschool #kidsareawesome

Could this be the first Coachella flower crown?? Giuseppe Arcimboldo designed costumes for festivals he was requested to organize by Emperor Maximilian II of Vienna. He painted the original series, 'The Seasons’ in 1563 and put on a festival that focused on his representations of the four seasons. Old Max loved it so much that he asked Arcimboldo to paint reproductions. Rock on! #spring #arcimboldo #arthistoryforkids

Yup, it’s National Puppy Day. Frida Kahlo LOVED animals and had many pets including this little guy, El Señor Xolotl. Xoloitzcuintle also called Xolo dogs, are a rare and expensive breed and one of Frida’s favorite pets. (Apparently, these dogs bring the souls of dead people to the spirit world!) Perhaps the reason we find him represented in many of her paintings? #nationalpuppyday #frida #arthistorynerd

A Wayne Thiebaud pancake pile is a great way to start the day. This student gave her version a decidedly 💓pink 💓vibe. #waynethiebaud #artforbreakfast #arthistorystudent #foodart

Ok, who’s the wise guy who put the Andy Warhol wig on our ‘Paint Mountain’???
After 3 years, our acrylic paint pile is ready for a make over. Thin slices with band saw?? Suggestions? #paint #studiolife #schoolart

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