Kids love art. They love to draw and paint, but they also can be encouraged to develop an admiration for classic works of art. Experts agree that developing a critical artistic eye for art in a young child is an invaluable educational tool and can foster a love of fine artwork that will last a lifetime. It is difficult to imagine spending a whole lot of time in a museum with the average young child without also imagining a challenge most parents would rather not face, though. For parents who would like to foster an appreciation for art in their kids, it is important to arm them with an idea of what they will be looking at. What better way to do that than by spending time with books that will familiarize them with some of the artists we have grown to love? For parents who love art and to read (and create) with their kids, the following are just a small sampling of books available to engender a passion for fine artwork.
Sharing with Renior, Sunday with Seurat, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse, Dancing With Degas, and In the Garden with Van Gogh
By Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober
“Grab your hat!
Come out and play
Where sailboats bob on a blueberry bay…”
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists are a favorite of many. Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober have done a wonderful job of creating delightful, fun stories illustrated with the featured artist’s most famous works. These beautiful board books are perfect for preschooler’s small hands and active imaginations. Written in engaging verse, this series of popular books is geared for the younger child ages infant to 4. Published by Chronicle Books, this series of books is available at bookstores nationwide or online atwww.chroniclebooks.com.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Their Lives and Ideas
by: Carol Sabbeth
It is no secret that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are an interesting pair. Art lovers everywhere are fascinated by the work of these two Mexican artists. Their work is a cumulative narrative of their lives, both together and apart, during which they were able to show that art is a true reflection of the times we live in and an outlet to show joy, passion and political expression. The 24 activities outlined in the book give kids ages 9 and up first-hand experience with creating a mini-fresco, mural with a social message and a still-life in Kahlo’s unique style. Loaded with beautiful 4-color reproductions of both Kahlo and Diego’s work as well as pre-Columbian and Mexican Folk art, this educational masterpiece is a wonderful guide into this type of artwork. A listing of museums and places where Kahlo and Rivera’s artwork is displayed, as well as a list of relevant websites make this book an invaluable resource. Published by Independent Publishers Group and available online atwww.ipgbook.com, by calling 1-800-888-4741, or at major bookstores nationwide.
Off The Wall Museum Guide for Kids
By Ruthie Knapp and Julie Lehmberg
This pocket-sized guide into fine art is a must-have for parents who are looking for more than just a typical day at an art museum with their kids. Packed with information on featured artists, small reproductions of their artwork and suggestions for activities, this booklet is sure to enhance the experience for parents and children alike. Geared especially for children ages 9 and up. Other books in this “Off the Wall” series include Modern Art, Egyptian Art, and American Art. Published by Sterling Publishing and available at bookstores nationwide.