Vincent Van Gogh: He Saw the World in Vibrant Colors (What the Artist Saw)

by Amy Guglielmo (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

See the world through Vincent van Gogh's eyes and be inspired to produce your own masterpieces.

Have you ever wondered exactly what your favorite artists were looking at to make them draw, sculpt, or paint the way they did? In this charming illustrated series, created in full collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can see what they saw, and be inspired to create your own artworks, too. In the pages of this book, What the Artist Saw: Vincent van Gogh, meet famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Step into his life and learn what led him to paint his eye-catching self-portraits. See the landscapes that inspired his famous Wheat Fields. Have a go at painting your own sunflowers!

Follow the artists' stories and find intriguing facts about their environments and key masterpieces. Then see what you can see and make your own art. Take a closer look at nature with Georgia O'Keeffe. Try crafting a story in fabric like Faith Ringgold, or carve a woodblock print at home with Hokusai. Every book in this series is one to treasure and keep - the perfect gift for budding artists to explore exhibitions with, then continue their own artistic journeys. (c) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Gr 3-6–A biographical picture book about Vincent van Gogh. This lushly illustrated title in the artist’s own style follows the subject from crib to grave with a focus on the inspiration he took from the world around him—from night skies to workers in the fields to his own face. Even though it’s a text for young readers, it is accurate and straightforward, not shying away from the tougher parts of the artist’s life. To engage young, aspiring artists, the book also features prompts woven throughout, inviting readers to draw their classmates, the buildings around them, and themselves. A great addition to a biography section, this title also has classroom appeal through its artistic engagement that goes beyond the typical van Gogh biography that focuses on his decline. The time line of van Gogh’s works and the short, art-based glossary will be a treat for educators and young readers alike. VERDICT Add this title to the main library collection, but also to the classroom library of any art teacher. --Aryssa Damron, DC P.L., Washington, DC , Oct 01, 2021

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Amy Guglielmo
Amy Guglielmo is a prolific children's author, artist, art educator, and art activist. She has written a number of books about art for children, including What the Artist Saw: Vincent Van Gogh (2021), published by DK.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780744033663
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
DK
Publication date
August 20, 2021
Series
What the Artist Saw
BISAC categories
JNF007010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Art
Library of Congress categories
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