The Nutcracker and Edgar Degas contains an introduction and background information about the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" which is based on a little girl's dream on Christmas Eve which can be used in the presentation of the art lessons. It also includes information about ballet in the 1800's and Edgar Degas' sketches and drawings of ballerinas. His only sculpture was of a young ballerina.
There are two art lessons. One lesson is sketching friends dancing. The second lesson has directions for making a 3 dimensional clay dancer using a favorite sketch. Supply lists and examples are included.