Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Biography and Introduction to Thomas Cole's Paintings in Gorgeous Picture Book
Young Readers Are Introduced to the Art of Thomas Cole
Hudson Talbot's Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art is a beautifully portrayed biography and introduction to the landscapes of Thomas Cole in a picture book that young readers will want to add to their bookshelf. Art teachers will also want to add this beautiful book to their classroom library.
Talbot introduces the young boy Thomas Cole who loved to sketch the beautiful English countryside along with his sister. He describes Cole as a young boy being fascinated by the stories that he heard about America and dreamed of coming to America. The Industrial Revolution brought great changes to England with the machines taking jobs from humans. This change affected Cole's family in that his father finally had to close his workshop. It was time for the family to come to America to begin a new life. They settled in Pennsylvania to begin their new life. There were struggles for the new immigrant family.
Thomas was improving with his artistic skills and meeting a traveling portrait painter changed his life. He was introduced to the use of oil paints on canvas. The family's move to New York City was another move that changed Cole's life. Traveling up the Hudson gave him the idea of painting American landscapes. He also traveled to Europe and learned many things about painting landscapes.
Cole was instrumental in helping Americans understand the importance of protecting the environment. He is credited with the idea of preserving land for national parks because of the interest in his beautiful landscapes.
The book features pictures of Cole's art. It is written in simple text for ages 6-12.
Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art was published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. It has an ISBN of 978-0-399-54867-3.
Illustrations to Introduce Young Readers to Thomas Cole and His Landscapes
Bring Introduction to Fine Art With Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art
Art teachers and all other teachers who teach concepts of art in related subjects in an elementary classroom will want to add this book to their classroom library. This is a kid-friendly biography of one of America's best loved artists. It also portrays pictures that feature Cole's paintings in his favorite genre of the landscapes of our country. This biography and picture book has a wealth of ideas for art teachers and others who would like to introduce young readers to fine art.
*Read Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art in a story time session. Call attention to Cole's birth country as England. Have a globe for young readers to locate England.
*The coming of the Industrial Revolution to England changed Cole's life when his family was force to leave England and come to America.
*Teachers who teach concepts of history can take a side trip in concepts to introduce the Industrial Revolution to young readers and why it changed the direction of England and affected Cole's family.
*Have students locate Pennsylvania on a map of the United States where Cole's family settled as immigrants when they came to America.
*Cole was introduced to painting with oils in paint. Introduce young readers to the genre of landscapes in painting.
*Locate the Hudson River Valley on a map as one of Cole's favorite sites to paint.
*Art teachers can gather a wealth of ideas as they introduce their students to Cole's paintings that are featured in the book's illustrations. Take time to introduce students to Cole's series of paintings called The Course of Empire. His series made him famous in America in that it presented the concept of living with nature, becoming too powerful as a nation,destroying nature, and then returning back to nature.
*Take the time to study each painting that is featured in the book. Introduce students to Cole's use of color, light and dark, and other art techniques used by Cole.
*Have available large paper, easels, and watercolor for students to paint their own landscapes.
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