Edgar Degas Bio Information
Edgar Degas was born July 19, 1834 in Paris. His family was wealthy and his father shared his love of art with young Edgar, who eventually decided to pursue art as his career. Degas began by painting portraits and historical scenes, but he began to spend time with a group of artists that we now know as the Impressionists, and he started painting pictures of everyday scenes and people in natural poses. His art often featured dancers. Degas became very successful and sold many of his paintings and pastels. Along with Mary Cassatt, he tried printmaking, too. As he got older, Degas began to lose his sight and he moved to working on small wax figures. Edgar Degas died September 27, 1917.
Edgar Degas Book Basket
Edgar Degas: Paintings that Dance: This book is written in the style of a child’s project and is very engaging for elementary-aged readers.
What Makes a Degas a Degas?: If you’re studying Degas with older students, this is a great resource. I used it with my eight year old son, but we just used the pages that went along with the specific works we were studying.
Dancing with Degas: If you want to include your littlest children, this book from the Mini Masters series is a wonderful addition to your tea time!
Edgar Degas Activity Ideas
Discovering Great Artists: MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga have included two separate projects to help your child learn about Degas in this fabulous resource book.
Anholt’s Artists Activities Book: When we studied Degas we chose to try the sculpture activity from the Anholt book. The book explains how in 2002, scientists took and x-ray of the Little Dancer and discovered that Degas has used all kinds of odds and ends to build the frame! This book includes project ideas for each of the books in Anholt’s artist series as well as “Chat About Art” sections.
Dream Draw Create has a great idea for using chalk pastels to make these ballet dancers.
If you’re making an Artist Notebook, you can use this Degas notebooking page!