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Our local art museum recently became free to all visitors! It is a beautiful building and houses some magnificent works of art.
This summer, we visited several times, particularly because there was a French impressionist exhibit and I adore French impressionism. It was so peaceful and inspiring to be standing that close to the paintings of Monet, Renoir, Degas and more. It brought back such lovely memories of The Hubby and I’s last trip to Europe and our time at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. The kids were actually quite interested in the paintings, especially how old they were and finding particular things in each one.
Before we left, we walked by the gift shop and I spotted this cute little board book, A Picnic with Monet…
I thought it was so sweet, so we went inside to see if there were more. I was so pleased to find that there is a whole series of these board books full of artwork!
The Mini Masters series is series of art books for kids, featuring the beautiful work of a variety of artists in a durable board book format with cute, rhyming words to tie them all together!
Books in the series include:
- Quiet Time with Cassatt
- Painting with Picasso
- Sunday with Seurat
- Sharing with Renoir
- On an Island with Gauguin
- A Picnic with Monet
- A Magical Day with Matisse
- Dreaming with Rousseau
- In the Garden with Van Gogh
I want to own all of them! These are the perfect books for our house – strong enough to stand up to Double J, easy reading for Little J, and a great starting point for an art lesson with both of the big boys!
We also discovered another great art book designed for little ones at the library this week. Art for Baby is a collection of black & white images created by famous modern artists. They are visually appealing to babies because of the high contrast, but Little J made it into his own art lesson by trying to imitate them on paper himself! I love that this became a lesson in shapes because there is no color to worry about!
We do use an art curriculum for homeschool, but these art books for kids are a great supplement and provide great exposure to the world of art for our littlest one as well!
Do you have a favorite artist or piece of art? Have you shared it with your children?
I’m linking up with K Learners this week to share ideas for teaching our kindergarten age kiddos!