We are fortunate to live in an area where we have access to original and professional art that we can introduce our children to. Having access to books about or by artists is a wonderful way to begin or expand on that experience.
With that in mind I have chosen a tiny selection of books from the many incredible books available to encourage children’s life long journey in discovering and appreciating the many ways we humans create visual art.
For Babar lovers, there is Babar’s Museum of Art.
Babar and Celeste convert Celesteville's old railroad station into an art museum containing famous masterworks featuring elephants.
Museum of Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
For dog enthusiasts try Dogs' Night.
On their annual Dogs' Night, all the dogs depicted in an art gallery leave their paintings to play, but four of them create a sensation by going back into the wrong paintings.
Meredith Hoope,. London: Frances Lincoln, 2006.
As the narrator continues looking for his friend, Art, inside MoMA, he views the best pieces of modern art.
Jon Scieszka. New York: Penguin Group (USA), 2005.
La gran sorpresa del Museo
Margarita and Javier never could have imagined in their wildest dreams what they were about to discover during their first visit to the Puerto Rican Museum of Art. During the visit they meet different magical characters that not only teach them about Puerto Rican art, but also lead them to the big surprise at the end of their journey.
Maria Del Rocio and illustrated by Walter Torres
Tell Me a Picture at The National Gallery.
This is a favorite book by a favorite illustrator. It is a wonderful journey through a selection of paintings that Quentin Blake chose, and that were set up as an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, UK. Children are invited to look at a picture and comment upon it. At the end of the book there is a complete list of paintings and artists
Discovering African American Art for Children (Come Look with Me)
This is just one book in a series of great children’s art books. Each two-page spread has one page with a painting and one page with questions for discussion and background information about the artist and the artwork.
There are also wonderful books for children illustrated by significant artists;
Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, 1991
David Hockney, Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm,
Salvador Dalí, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence
This web site has yearly best children’s books and they are always beautifully illustrated.
Here is a less than exhaustive list of galleries and museums taken from the Travel Vermont web site that you can take your kiddos to.
Bread and Puppet Museum, Glover
Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, Burlington
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
Main Street Museum, White River Junction
Norman Rockwell Museum, Rutland
T. W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock
Bennington Museum, Bennington
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro
Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Blog contributed by Fiona Davis, Instructor and Ceramics Director at ArtisTree