Picture Lady visits St. Mary students

Picture Lady Emily Theunick teaches St. Mary Catholic School fifth- and sixth-graders about one of the Four Freedoms series paintings by Norman Rockwell. The painting is known as the Freedom of Speech. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — On most days, students at St. Mary Catholic School may spend their mornings learning about history, spelling or literature. Thursday another lesson was added to the roster as students were taught about painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell.

While students may have easily recognized a picture or two, they learned a little about each of the Four Freedoms paintings they were shown by Picture Lady Emily Theunick.

The Picture Lady program is an outreach of the General Federation of Women’s Club; however, Theunick said she is not a member of the club.

Austin Hinkley looks at the painting Freedom of Worship as Theunick walks around the classroom, giving students a closer view of the picture.

Theunick described some of the events going on around the globe during the time the paintings, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear, were created.

“When you look at art, you have to think about what’s going on in the world,” she said. “Art is important because it speaks to the time period.”

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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