Traditional Arts Preservation Program (TAPP) is a joint enterprise of sisters Donna Mercer and Cathy Tyler.

 TAPP offers heritage classes and art instruction in several formats. Sessions can be provided as listed below.  All courses include lectures on context and historical background.

·        Highlights of art history with hands-on projects

·        Drawing and water color

·        Textile design and construction (embroidery, quilting, dolls, accessories)

·        Nature crafts using gourds, pine needles and found objects

·        Print making experiences, additive and subtractive


The following programs are available as part of our art appreciation/enrichment cirriculum:


A Visit with Eugene Boudin, (1824 – 1898):  was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. Baudelaire and Corot said of him, “You are the master of the sky.”  Exercise: beach scene in pastels.

A Visit with Edgar Degas, (1824 – 1917): was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.  He is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers.  Exercise: pastels focused on one of his works.

A Visit with Claude Monet – (1841-1919): The most famous Impressionist, Monet painted the effects of light and shadow on people and landscape.  His waterlilies and his garden scenes are very famous.  Exercise: a garden scene in pastel chalk and/or sponges and watercolor.

A Visit with van Gogh (1853– 890): Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact. Between 1881 and 1890, he produced almost 900 paintings.  Thoughout his life he wrote letters, over 800 of which are still available to us.  Exercise: Finger painting based on one of Van Gogh’s landscapes.

A Visit with Grandma Moses, (1860 – 1961): Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as “Grandma Moses,” was a renowned American folk artist. She successfully began her career in the arts at an advanced age.  We will survey her life and works, then do an exercise focused on one of her pieces.  Exercise: Copy small section of Little Boy Blue with water color and makers.

Visit with  Henri Matisse (1869-1954): Matisse was a French Post Impressionist who painted people, still-lifes and interiors with bright colors and flattened, almost abstract treatments. He did many versions of the same subject, often including bold patterns. Later in life, when his health failed and he couldn’t paint anymore, he did paper cut-outs. Exercise: Cut or torn paper collage note cards with brightly colored papers.

Visit with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973):  Pablo Picasso (Spanish) began to experiment with breaking up images into planes and showing different views of a person or object at the same time.  Picasso was prolific and worked in many styles during his long life, from realism to abstraction to sculpture and set design.  Exercise: a Picasso-style drawing with colored markers.

A Visit with Edward Hopper  (1882-1967): Edward Hopper was an American painter and printmaker best remembered for his eerily realistic depictions of solitude in contemporary American life. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching.  Exercise: simple print making.

Visit with O’Keeffe (1887-1986):  Georgia O’Keeffe painted nature as art, monumental versions of ordinary flowers and bones, mountains and missions in the American Southwest. A modern viewpoint using almost abstracted realism. Exercise: watercolors flower notecards.

A Visit with Norman Rockwell (1894-1978): Norman Rockwell was a 20th century American painter whose works enjoy a broad popular appeal. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over more than four decades.  Exercise: sketch in charcoal.

A Visit with Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009): Andrew Wyeth is an American realist painter, one of the best-known of the 20th century and sometimes referred to as the “Painter of the People” due to his popularity with the American public. He is the son of the illustrator and artist N.C.Wyeth, and the brother of inventor Nathaniel Wyeth and artist Henriette Wyeth Hurd.  Exercise: pen and watercolor.

A Visit with David Hockney (1937-    ):  David Hockney is an English painter living mostly in California since the 70’s who has experimented with many styles, from pop art to photo-montage to set design.  His swimming pools are very famous, and he has done whimsical large-scale landscapes and cityscapes in brilliant non-realistic colors, and many portraits in lithography, painting, pencis and photo-montage.  Exercise: watercolor study of a Hockney swimming pool.


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