art class

A while back, Adeline really got into this card game we have, Close Up, which is basically a deck of cards of famous paintings.  You can use them to play matching games like memory or go-fish.  It is a wonderful set.  And it sent us on a little art exploration journey for a couple of months.

First stop, of course, was the library.  We found a treasure trove, but a few of our very favorites were:

Frida by Jonah Winter
The Usborne Art Treasury
The Art Box by Gail Gibbons
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

I also stumbled upon this post just as we were beginning our hunt for good art books.

Anything by Ed Emberley is brilliant.

We really like 123 I Can Draw and 123 I Can Paint by Irene Luxbacher.

We read Mouse Paint and had fun mixing colors with a friend.

Don’t worry, Beatrice got in on the art action, too.


3 thoughts on “art class

  1. another great book is “van gogh and the post-impressionists for kids,” which gives a brief history of the artists, has beautiful pictures of their work, and includes many activities to try. it seems like it might be well-suited for older kids, which is probably why i am enjoying reading it. 🙂 oh, and there’s also “monet and the impressionists for kids,” which i’m going to have to track down!

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