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Episode 1645

Topic: Art
Air Date: November 29, 1991
Previous Episode: 1644 - Art
Next Episode: 1646 - Imaginary Friends
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Mister Rogers arrives with a painting of a blue tree and tells the story of his friend who painted it. When Mister Rogers' friend was young, he was criticized by an adult for making a blue tree; but he later learned that artists can use any shapes and colors they want. Using Picture-Picture, Mister Rogers shares a variety of famous paintings.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is working to remove the play clay from the royal portraits. Lady Elaine refuses to help and confesses that she is tired of seeing portraits of the King.

At the clock, Daniel is hesitant to show his portrait of King Friday to Robert Troll because he things he did it in the wrong color. Robert Troll assures him that in art there is no wrong color and shares that Queen Sara has asked him to do something special for Lady Elaine. Recognizing Lady Elaine's jealously of King Friday, Queen Sara requested that Robert Troll create a portrait of Lady Elaine.

Robert Troll returns to the castle with Daniel's portrait which meets the approval of King Friday. At the request of King Friday and Queen Sara, Lady Elaine is presented with her portrait and realizes that everyone cares about her afterall. Regretting her actions, she removes the play clay from all of the portraits of King Friday.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sits at the bench to read Spot's Baby Sister, a book by Eric Hill. Mister Rogers invites viewers along as he visits Mr. Hill's studio. Mr. Hill talks about the process of creating one of his books and demonstrates how he draws and paints his characters.


Spot's Baby Sister is available for purchase through

This episode is included on the It's a Beautiful Day Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Eric Hill




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Eric Hill, Bob Trow
Special Thanks to: Art Resource Museum of Art, G.P. Putnam's Sons for permission to use Spot's Baby Sister by Eric Hill
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Susan Howard
Assistant Art Director: Judith Stagg
Properties: Matthew Marcus
Production Assistants: David Cohen, Joanne Mandros, Lenny Meledandri
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Director: Bill Medica
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Directors: Kate Kearney, Bob Lubomski
Video: Tom Deluga, Don McCall
Studio Cameras: Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel, Marji Murphy
Audio: Dick LaSota
Videotape: Bill Moore
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Location Production: Joe Abeln, Mark Adelsheim, Rege Becker, Bob Bundy, John Burdick, Tom Deluga, Justine Hencey, Bob Lubomski, Chris Ray, John Rice
Carpenter: Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Cathy Bruce, Andrew Drake, Megan Graham, David Pohl, Alexis Samulski, Sandra Streiff, Beth Ann Zamborsky
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Post Production Sound: Bob Millslagle, Dennis Williams, Tim Benedict
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Consultant: Albert V. Corrado M.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1991 Family Communications, Inc.

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