Tea Time with Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell, one of the best-known American artists, was born February 3, 1894 in New York.  Even as a child, Rockwell loved to draw, and at the age of 16 he left high school for art school.  He quickly got jobs doing illustrations for books and magazines and he eventually did the covers for over 300 issues of the Saturday Evening Post.  Rockwell’s pictures are very realistic looking and seem to be telling a story to the viewer.  Many people love his artwork because it often shows an idealized version of life, though some of his later work was more controversial.  Norman Rockwell died November 8, 1978 at the age of 84, but his work continues to be popular even now.

Some books you might enjoy:

Norman Rockwell: Storyteller with a Brush:  This is an excellent biography that is divided into short chapters.  I had intended to read it aloud each week at our tea time, but my son kept getting it and reading it on his own.  When he finished, he asked me to buy our own copy!

The Norman Rockwell Storybook:  Jan Wahl has created short stories to go along with different Norman Rockwell paintings.

Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog:  This is a fictionalized story of one of Rockwell’s models for many of his paintings.

Willie Was Different:  In Rockwell’s only fictional story ever published, he tells about Willie, a small bird with a beautiful voice.

Activity Ideas:

Great American Artists for Kids:  Learn about Norman Rockwell’s life and then find out how to create your own magazine cover.

Be A Connoisseur:  Learn about Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur and then try this wonderfully creative project from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists!

The Four Freedoms:  One of Rockwell’s most famous series of paintings is known as The Four Freedoms.  Click here for a lesson plan to help kids express what those freedoms mean to them.

Use this free Norman Rockwell notebooking page!

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