Saturday, October 19, 2013

Toulouse-Lautrec Extension Activities

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was only a little over four and a half feet tall at maturity, but his impact on the world of art was larger than life.  


I hope you will have time to take a look at my absolute favorite book about this artist: Great Names: Toulouse-Lautrec 19th Century French Painter by Diane Cook. {affiliate link}  It has wonderful illustrations, accurate history, and handles delicate topics in a respectful yet factual way.


  • Practice drawing faces with proportion grids online.  Scroll down to view all of the instructions.
  • Try using your water paints to complete this coloring page of Toulouse-Lautrec's painting.  Don't forget to use eye-catching colors! 
  • Do another copy with marker, and a third with crayons.  Compare the results.  Which looks most like the original oil painting?  
Marcelle Lender doing the Bolero in 'Chilperic'
Private Collection


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died at a very young age because of the poor choices that he made.  

The Bible says a lot about keeping ourselves healthy.  Many people may respond "Who cares?  It's my body, isn't it?"  Well, to be honest, the answer from the Lord is a resounding, "I care, and no, it really isn't your body to begin with.  I created you, I died for you, and I love you even more than you love yourself."

Here is the direct quote from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 

We all make mistakes.  Encourage your child to discuss the many ways that life can be hard.  Remind them that Jesus said, “I have overcome the world.” He can help where alcohol and other indulgences cannot. He does not always make our problems go away, but He has promised to help us.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me or call New Hope at 345-7203.