Kindergarten students have been looking at the work of american painter, Mary Cassatt. Perfect timing, because mother’s day is coming right up. We used Visual Thinking Strategies to explore more deeply the style and meaning of her portraits of mothers and their children. We talked about the emotional tone of her work and the ways that love and affection can be seen. Students in Ms. Emily and Ms. Maggies classrooms were thrilled to explore this very personal theme in the portraits of their mother and themselves.