Return to Artists

Edgar Degas


Edgar Degas “The Dancing Class”

2nd Grade

Information: Degas

wiki Degas

Degas at the Art Institute of Chicago

Degas and his Dancers (Smithsonian article)

Degas Guardian article

Degas documentary video

You may also check out children’s books about Edgar Degas from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC.


Degas presentation & Degas prezi

Ulyana Lupatkina dancing Dying Swan (beautiful video to show kids so they understand why Degas was so obsessed with dancers) – 4 min

Shorter video of Lupatkina – 2 min

Degas teacher handout

Art Project Ideas:

Ballerina pose project

artescontusmanitas blog

Aluminum foil sculpture (arthurandsage blog)

Aluminum dancers (Knox Academy) (check Degas zip folder in supply cabinet for an example of this)

Another aluminum idea (Mrs. Knights Smartest Artists blog)


Notes from Previous Presentations

Please contribute your comments, helpful suggestions, websites, presentations, art project ideas to the above link.  The kids and future volunteers would benefit so much.  THANKS!


Photos from Previous Presentations

Please share any pictures or videos you took during your presentation.  They can be uploaded to the above link.  If you send the pictures to [email protected], we will send them to the parents.  THANKS!

The presentation should not take more than 15 minutes.  Allow students at least 45-55 minutes to do the art project.  Asking for about 1 hour 15 minutes total should give you enough time without rushing.

It’s a VERY good idea to have at least one parent helper to pass around supplies, assist, take photos, clean up, etc.

If volunteers are in short supply, consider combining all the second graders for the presentation into one classroom.  (You will need to ask the personal opinions of the teachers to see if it would work with kids of their age and temperament.)  After the presentation, the kids can return to their respective classrooms to do the art project.  There will need to be at least one parent volunteer in each class during the art project.  More time should be scheduled with the combined classroom setup.

For whatever art project you do, please be sure to check on availability of supplies from PIA cabinet or art room well ahead of time so they can be ordered at a discounted price.  If you end up buying your own supplies, please be sure to submit an expense voucher to be reimbursed so we can keep track of actual expenses.