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Mother's Day

Charles Courtney Curran, Mother and Child, 1929. Oil on canvas. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.

A native of Kentucky, Charles Courtney Curran moved in 1881 to New York City, where he attended the National Academy of Design and became a prolific and popular painter of genre scenes and portraits. Curran was a highly regarded and successful painter in his lifetime and is known for his outdoor paintings of young women. Charles Curran's work is represented in numerous museum collections. It has been estimated that he produced more than 1500 pictures during his career. Besides oil paintings, these include watercolors and numerous illustrations for magazines in both color and black and white.

Make a Pop Up Floral Card


3 sheets of paper various colors





1. Cut seven 4-inch squares of paper in desired colors.

2. Fold a square into quarters.

3. Fold-down one flap diagonally; flip the square of paper over and fold down the other flap, forming a triangle as shown.

4. Draw a curve from one side of the triangle to the other.

5. Cut off the excess paper to form the petals of a flower. *Note the part you cut should be the open folds, not the closed folds, otherwise the flower will fall apart.

6. Repeat with other squares.

7. Cut away and discard one petal section from each flower.

8. Take a marker and highlight the edge of the flower, and add some stamens in the center for interest. *Optional

9. Imagine the petals numbered 1-7. Align and glue petal #1 on top of petal #7 for every flower.

10. Each flower will be a little cup. Fold each flower flat. Be sure you fold between the petals, not down the center of the petals.

11. Arrange flattened flowers as shown. Apply glue to flowers as indicated by white spots.

12. Stack pieces 2 and 3 on top of piece 1, lining up edges.

13. Glue piece 4 onto stack.

14. Now pieces 5 and 6, just like 2 and 3.

15. Piece 7 is last.

16. Put a book on the flower stack and allow it to dry. It will fall apart if you try to open it too soon.

17. Cut a piece of paper into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle, and fold it in half to form a card.

18. Place the folded flower stack inside of the opened card as shown.

19. Dab glue on the flower as shown. Close the card and flip it over, then open it and glue the other side of the flower to the other side of the card.

20. Put a book on the card and allow it to dry.


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