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June Featured Lesson

Summer in the “FAM” Cities

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So you think you know everything about our Beloved ‘Burgh? Did you know: 

Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the world (446) more than Venice, Italy, or any other city in the world. 

The emoticon was invented in Pittsburgh in 1980 by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist, Scott Fahlman. 

Pittsburgh is the largest city in the region known as Appalachia.

The Polio vaccine was created by Dr. Jonas Salk in Pittsburgh in 1950. 

There are more than 700 sets of public stairs within the city limits of Pittsburgh. They are maintained by an actual Inspector of Steps. 

The world’s first T-rex skeleton is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 

In 1905, Pittsburgh became home to the first Nickelodeon, or modern movie theater. Today Pittsburgh is a popular site for movie making! 

No matter what you know about the Burgh, you never know what’s over the hill or around the corner. The streets are still crazy steep and curly and the buildings often lean over you, curious but polite; as if to say, “Hi there, friend! How can I help?” 

May Featured Lesson

Mary Cassatt: Florals

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“I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.” Famously spoken by Mary Cassatt , an American printmaker and painter.
 
She created images of the private and social lives of women, putting emphasis on the special bonds between children and mothers. Born in Allegheny City, PA (now part of Pittsburgh), Mary was raised in an environment that saw travel as essential integral to education. She spent 5 years in Europe, visiting many of the capitals, including Berlin, Paris and London. While she was abroad, Mary learned French and German; she also took lessons in music and drawing. It’s likely that Mary’s first exposure to the famous French artists Courbet, Corot, Delacroix, Auguste. and Ingres was at the 1855 Paris World’s Fair. Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas – later Mary’s mentors and colleagues – also attended the exhibition. She drew courage from painter Degas, whose pastels inspired her to press on in her own direction. “I used to go and flatten my nose against that window and absorb all I could of his art,” she once wrote to a friend. “It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.” She and Degas admired one another throughout their lives. Neither ever married.

Additional Lessons

A coloring book page of daisies and poppies in a vase.

Franz Marc:

Horses

A coloring book page of trees and a house in a field.

Jackson Pollock:

Landscapes

Oil pastel artwork of farmers in a field with houses on the horizon.

Vincent Van Gogh:

Landscapes

A coloring book page of daisies and poppies in a vase.

Vincent Van Gogh:

Romantic Florals

Oil pastel abstract artwork of a boat at sea.

Jackson Pollock:

Early Seascapes

A painting of a valley and a house with trees.

Milton Avery:

Landscapes

Watercolor painting of lilies.

Diego Rivera:

Lilies

Multi-colored mountains beneath the moon.

Paul Gaugin:

Landscapes

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Franz Marc:

Animals