For her project last term Lillie learnt all about the Impressionist painters.  She studied one artist for two weeks.  The latest has been Degas, which was very nearly a disaster!  But Lillie came up trumps and I think we both agreed that this was one of her best studies 🙂

General Resources

She used the following books throughout her project:

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As well as the courses found here:

Artist studies

Resources Specific to Degas

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Goals for this study

  • Read about Degas and his paintings and create a scrap book page with a gallery of Degas’ paintings and a short biography:



  • Read about Degas’ study of the body and attempt some anatomical drawings:


  • Carry out a study of your chosen piece of work by Degas and write a blog post reviewing it.  Lillie has finally got her blog up and running and I am sure she would love for you to pop over a follow along  You can find it here or by clicking the picture:


  • Produce your own copy or variation of your chosen painting/sculpture.  Lillie decided she wanted to produce a copy of The Little Dancer using white polymer clay, painting it bronze and adding a material dress.  She attempted this three times, but had major problems keeping its head on after baking!  I could see she was becoming a bit downcast about the whole thing, so suggested she come up with an idea to produce a mixed media reproduction.  We played around with a few ideas before agreeing on a 3D mixed media canvas reproduction of the dancer’s legs and skirt using paper mache, paint and skirt netting.  This was a very successful piece of work and Lillie was really very excited about it from start to finish 🙂





I loved watching Lil’ come back from the brink of a disastrous fortnight and produce this mixed media final piece, which she really did enjoy creating 🙂

3 comments on “Impressionist Artist Study: Degas

  1. Lovely and a great way to compromise on the project!

  2. Beautiful and lovely photos. She is coming right along!

  3. Degas is my favorite.

    Good suggestion to help her re-focus.

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