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James McNeill Whistler

Whistlers_Mother_high_resJames McNeill Whistler “Portrait of the Artist’s Mother”

4th Grade


wiki Whistler

wikiQuote Whistler

New Yorker article on Whistler

clip of biography (youtube)

about Whistler’s Mother painting (youtube)


Whistler presentation


Whistler prezi

Art Project Ideas:

Uchiwa Fan

Making an Uchiwa Fan (this is where original idea came from)

Fan from The Crafty Classroom


Notes from Previous Presentations


Photos from Previous Presentations

  • The presentation should not take more than 15 minutes.  Allow students at least 45 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 fourth graders for the presentation into one classroom.  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.
The children’s parents would love to see any pictures or videos that you took during the presentation and project.  If you send the pictures to [email protected], we will send them to the parents.
Did you come up with your own great art project that the kids loved?  Do you have any helpful comments or suggestions?  Did you find a great website?  Did you make your own artist presentation that captivated the kids?  Please share here.  The kids and future volunteers would benefit so much.