Friday, January 29, 2016

Norman Rockwell lesson extension activities

Norman Rockwell is best known as a painter of stories.  His magazine covers beautifully illustrated an ideal America through both the humor and sadness of everyday life.  

I love how your expanded magazine covers came out!  You really seemed to capture the idea of storytelling.  They are going to be fantastic as greeting cards! If you happened to miss class, you can get the full project instructions and biography at

Ready to expand on what you have learned?


  • The life of Norman Rockwell is very well documented.  I particularly enjoyed this documentary but you can loose yourself in the land of Google as you research this master illustrator.
  • Learn more about Rosie the Riveter in this video covering the real life Rosies, the posters, and Rockwell's painting.


  • We are privileged to live very close to two of Norman Rockwell's former homes.  You can visit museums dedicated to his work, as well as his former studios both in Massachusetts, and in Vermont.  Take your pick!


  • Want to test your knowledge of Norman Rockwell?  Try this fun wordsearch!
  • Sharpen observation skills.  How many mistakes can you find in Norman Rockwell's April Fools Day covers?  


The Gossips
Norman Rockwell
  • Norman Rockwell thought about and sketched his work "The Gossips" for 20 years before coming up with his final design which included himself and his wife at the end.  Why do you think he felt so strongly about this particular topic?
  • Try gathering your family and playing a game of telephone.  What lessons can you learn about gossip?
  • Discuss Proverbs 21:23 "Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue, keeps himself out of trouble." ESV  Do you think this is good advice?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell illustrated the stories of American life.  His magazine covers are some of the most recognized American art pieces in the world.  
Norman Rockwell
American Illustrator

Triple self-portrait 1960
Through World Wars, the Great Depression, and the fight for civil rights, Rockwell depicted an ideal America full of potential.
Norman Rockwell
The Puppeteer

This month we will be making cards to cheer those who are ill, grieving, or celebrating milestones.  They will be distributed to church offices.  If you would like a set for your church, please let me know.

To complete this project each child will need:

  • 12x18" construction paper, assorted colors *minimum of 1 sheet in white or light color

You may also bring your choice of supplies to add color and texture to your project.  This may include:
  • Water brush medium point *1 per student(Note: this is not the same as a watercolor brush) click through to see exactly what is recommended for the class 
  • Oil Pastels, 12 piece set, we recommend Pentel *can be shared
  • Acrylic paint,12 piece set, we recommend Reeves *can be shared
  • Paint Palette (can substitute a few paper plates) *1 per student
Looking forward to seeing you!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sketch postponed!

I am so sorry, but due to many factors, not the least of which is my daughter's broken ankle, I need to postpone SKETCH for a week.

We will meet again on 1/22 and will cover Norman Rockwell.