What Degas Saw

Author and MoMa curator Samantha Friedman invites children to look at the world through the eyes of the French artist Edgar Degas, while providing insight into his creative process.

Walking through the streets of Paris with cape and cane, Degas observes the world around him, finding inspiration at every turn. From the blurry faces of passersby glimpsed through a bus window to the sun-dappled landscape seen from a moving train, from the hunched profiles of laundresses at work to light-bathed ballerinas on the opera-house stage, the artist—with open eyes and a curious mind—collects impressions of the people and places he sees.

This workshop is based on the book What Degas Saw, featuring artwork by Degas, aquatint etching illustrations by Cristina Pieronpan, and a story by Samantha Friedman, a curator at MoMA and the author of Matisse’s Garden. What Degas Saw encourages young readers to carefully observe their surroundings and to create their own art about the people and places around them.

For kids ages 8 and up. In English. Free and open to the public with RSVP to rsvp@albertine.com