Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Easter Art Lesson

On a recent trip to the library, one of the boys picked up this book: Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Pfister (the author of the "Rainbow Fish" books). It was a really fun surprise that launched us into some discussion and study of famous artists.

In the story, Henri is in charge of painting Easter eggs, but he wants to be more artistic and creative rather than using regular Easter egg designs. He paints eggs in the style of several famous artists (including DaVinci, Warhol, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and more). He paints rabbits instead of people in his versions of the Mona Lisa, the Scream, and Van-Gogh's Self-Portrait. The best part of the book is the fold-out section on the back flap. It shows the original paintings on which Henri's eggs are based and tells a little bit about each artist. It's a great survey of some of history's greatest artists. My boys are fascinated by it. We're going to get our own copy of this book and keep it on our shelf all year.

So, if you have young kids... or even if you don't... check out this clever book!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great! We haven't decorated our eggs yet, I was saving to do it during Easter so this will go great!