Mary Blair was an American artist, animator and designer.  She was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella.  She is also remembered for her wonderful castle art.

                  POCKET FULL OF COLORS


Mary Blair used intense colors in world-famous creations.  When her family moved away from her childhood house, which was lemon yellow, Blair “tuck[s] her friend lemon in her pocket,” memorizing that color. Growing up, she collects color after color in her mind: russet, azure, viridian, cerulean, celadon.

Listen to the book 

Parents, the
activity below is not intended for any particular age group.  All children enjoy creating castles.  The attached video link may be valuable as background for designing your castles.  Finally, although the lesson calls for colored paper, it’s not necessary.  Paper with crayons, markers and pencils are fine tools for castle drawing.  If you have pattern blocks, help your littlest design a castle that way.  LEGOS?  Sure!!

Make Art Like Mary Blair

Reinforce your child’s understanding of geometry and 2D shapes while learning about the artist Mary Blair and her amazing contributions to many loved movies, books, and characters throughout her career. An engaging activity for children of all ages, Make Art Like Mary Blair will provide young children with fine and gross motor skill practice as well as shape recognition skills, while older children will enjoy learning more about the artist as they create their own interpretation of her colorful and inspiring works.

What You Need:
Colored construction paper
White unlined paper


Cody is 9, and this is his Castle.   🙂


Claire is 6, and this is her Castle.   🙂