Kids Hour: How to Make a Masterpiece (Ages 10-12) with Vanessa Catalano - Context Travel

Kids Hour: How to Make a Masterpiece (Ages 10-12) with Vanessa Catalano

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Join a local child-friendly expert to understand how great masterpieces come to be. Together, we'll look at paintings to better understand the intentions of the painter, learn how to spot classical composition patterns, and find inspiration from classical art to learn to make our own creations.

When we visit a museum we tend to focus on the final result. A great masterpiece, already approved by art experts, is hanging in front of us. If the painting follows classical patterns they tend to look very detached from our current reality. Together we are going to reveal the subjects of the paintings and the composition in order to get the tools to create our own masterpiece. This could be a picture, a drawing, a painting, or any visual outcome we want to explore.

Together, we will learn to look carefully and we will do it through a series of activities in which wonder will play an important role. Paintings from the Netherlands in the 17th century introduced domestic scenes and normal characters to the artistic activity: these will be our objects of study. Whether a portrait, a group portrait, a household scene, or a still life, they can all be an inspiration for your own composition. Color, light, and shape, together with the history behind what we see, are our starting point for a creative process.

After this conversation we will be able to: look at a painting and have a clear idea of the intentions of the painter spot classical composition patterns in several forms of visual representation find inspiration in classical art to make our own creations

Materials Needed

  • Pencils and coloring pencils
  • Paper

Context’s Kids Hour conversations are 45-60 minute live, interactive sessions specially designed for kids. We include learning activities on all our Kids Hour conversations.

Your child should come prepared with any materials indicated in the conversation description.

Kids Hour Zoom etiquette:

  • Zoom display name should reflect the name of the child
  • The expert may mute all participants while she is speaking. Please use the raise hand feature to ask a question.


My child is older/younger than the suggested age grouping. May they join? 
The age range we have indicated is a suggestion based on the content of the conversation and teaching approach. Ultimately the decision to book a younger or older child is at your discretion. We generally design our Kids Hour conversations for the following age groupings: 7-9 and 10-12.

Am I required to accompany my child? 
Your child is welcome and encouraged to attend the conversation independently. We just ask that you assist with start-up in case your child has difficulty entering the Zoom room, changing their display name, and finding the mute and/or raise hand feature.

What if my child has a question during the conversation? 
The expert may choose to mute all participants while she is speaking. On our adult conversations, participants use Zoom’s chat function to ask questions. On our Kids Hour conversations, we use the raise hand feature.

Does my child need to come with any materials? 
We will indicate in the description of the conversation if there are materials that need to be pre-prepared.

Is your fee per learner or per family? 
Our fee is per learner.

Are Kids Hour conversations group or private? 
Our Kids Hour conversations are group sessions. Each is open to up to 20 learners. If you would like to schedule a private conversation for your child only, please contact us at

How do I change the Zoom participant display name to reflect my child’s? 
To change your name after entering a Zoom meeting, click on the “Participants” button at the top of the Zoom window. Next, hover your mouse over your name in the“Participants” list on the right side of the Zoom window. Click on “Rename”. Enter the name you'd like to appear in the Zoom meeting and click “OK”.

Vanessa Catalano lives in Amsterdam, holds an Italian passport and was born and raised in Venezuela. She is trained as an architect and holds a MA in Design History. She is passionate about sharing with others the wonders she sees in the tangible world: from cities to art, she loves to understand their effect that it has in society. In the last few years, she has added to her list of tours in Amsterdam the Rijksmuseum for Kids, which has become one of her favorite tours. Engaging different age groups in a better comprehension of heritage has become her expertise. Besides guiding Vanessa works as a designer of artifacts, activities, and games. 

This conversation is suitable for children aged 10-12.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.