February 19th, 2013 / posted by paularath

Elliott, left, was inspired by his visit to see “The Girl with the Pearl Earring,” while his brother, Emerson, got inspired to do his own sketch.

Vienna drives the “car” that she and her brothers built with these fabulous giant sized modular construction toys. They have also built airplanes and helicopters with them.




Grampa Jerry gives the kids a lesson in composition in their home school classroom.

Our visits to the Bay Area are now mainly family visits. Jerry’s middle daughter, Laurel, and her three children (triplets!) live in El Cerrito, near Berkeley. My son, Duncan, lives in the heart of San Francisco. So we spend as much time as possible with all of them.

Jerry has started giving mini art classes to Elliott, Emerson and Vienna, who will turn ten years old next month. Sometimes they go plein aire painting in parks and museums and other times they paint in their classroom at home. (The kids are home schooled in the Waldorf method.)  They have so much natural talent and imagination!

Elliott’s portrait of his Grampa Jerry.


Emerson’s interpretation of Vermeer’s “The Girl with the Pearl Earring,” which we took the kids to see at the deYoung Museum. He sketched it after lunch in the museum cafe.


Vienna’s sketch of a sad hamster. We have no idea where this image came from!


Jerry’s sketch of a family having a Sunday picnic in Yerba Buena Park. We always go to the park after a visit to SFMOMA.

We try to visit every museum in the city as well. We loved the Vermeers and Rembrandts in the deYoung, the calligraphy in the Asian Art Museum and the modern masters in SFMOMA. Every time I sit in front of the Rothko I weep. And Duncan adores Jackson Pollock. The deYoung also has a gorgeous exhibition of the costumes worn by Rudolf  Nureyev, as well as some video of his performances. What an incredible dancer!

– Paula Rath






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