by Brie My four and a half year daughter old started weekly art classes at 4Cats last January. She is now into her second session. She loves it. I love it. I think we even love it for the same reasons.
4Cats is an amazing blend of art history and fine art. Each session the kids learn about two artists and get the chance to create art inspired by that artist. So far my girl has studied Tamara de Lempicka, Michelangelo and Degas. Each week Emaly, the amazing 4Cats curator and owner, shares stories about the lives of the artists while the kids work on their art. I am truly in awe of what my girl has learnt. And there is nothing like being corrected on the exact pronoucation of a famous artist my a four year old to make you feel like you should take an art history book out of the library. (I did. It was a kids art history book)
4Cats actually has their own books about each of the artists that the kids study. The books present the lives of the artists in fun ways that engage the kids. They are popular reading material around our house. A favorite with my two and half year old is the Andy Warhol book. Seriously. Any referene to New York has the boy asking about Andy Warhol.
The girl has created some fabulous art at 4Cats. My favorite has to be this Tamara de Lempicka portrait she painted of her brother.
I also love the Renaissance inspired princess and cat she painted while studying Michelangelo. Right now she is studying Degas and is working on a ballerina painting and horse picture (in oil pastel). I am already trying to decide where to hang the new art.