Meet the Artist in the Classroom

Meet the Artist in the Classroom

The best part about launching our Meet the Artist series two years ago has been seeing how our books are used around the world to inspire great conversations about art and spur kids to make their own masterpieces.  We are constantly awed by the creative ways that teachers and librarians have turned our series into hands-on lessons, workshops, and activities. Here are some ways you can join in the fun!

End-of-Book Activities

Meet the Artist crafts

Each book comes with five pages of questions and crafts.  The questions invite readers to apply the concepts the artist has introduced to a new piece of artwork.  Kids enjoy playing art critic and answering the imaginative questions.  The craft prompts allow the students to make the artist's techniques their own through playful, hands-on suggestions. Many teachers simply read the book to their students and then work through the questions and prompts at the end.


Activity Packs

Piet Mondrian activity packLooking for a turnkey solution to turn a book into two to four full lesson plans?  We designed our artist activity packs to have everything you need, from extra biography info and teaching points for the teacher, and fun printables, exercises, coloring pages, and even bonus activity sheets for the students.  Both teachers and homeschool parents have raved about how these packs make for easy, quality learning.  Check out some of the artwork we have received!





artwork from packs


Research Project Approach

For older students, Meet the Artist books are an excellent jumping-off place for research.  Our books bridge the gap between art appreciation and art history as the artists discuss their works and their lives.  Students in fifth grade and above often have follow-up questions.  For example, Klimt's simple explanation of mosaics can prompt a research assignment, mosaic craft, report, and/or presentation.

And last but not least....

Rosa Bonheur asks a question

Just a Book!

It's OK to pick up one of books, read through it with your students, admire the art and talk about what you learned... and be done.  As one kindergarten teacher shared with us, the questions on each page got her students engaged and excited about the art, so they named the colors and took turns touching the pictures and following the brushstrokes.  And that was it!  

Are you ready to dive into the delights of classic masterpieces?  Check out our bestselling title Meet Vincent Van Gogh, or our newest release, Meet Dorothea Lange.

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