Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People
A Family Guide
The month of February is artist Norman Rockwell’s birthday month! His birthday was on the 3rd, and to celebrate, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA continues to offer resources for families to learn about his art. In addition to the works available in the museum’s galleries, families can take an even greater in-depth look at Rockwell’s art using information available on the museum’s website. There is a biography page, which includes a timeline of Rockwell’s life and work. Another page offers information on exhibits past and present of Rockwell’s work, as well as a slideshow of the collection. There is accompanying information for many of the images- it’s a great way to prepare for a visit to the museum or to get a glimpse in to his artwork if you’re not able to go.
Also, newly added to the site is a special Family Guide you can download. Designed specifically for families interested in extending art studies past a museum trip, the guide is full of Rockwell’s work and includes information and questions to keep in mind while examining the images. Questions range from plain observations to more critical questions about what you can deduce about the inspiration for the painting, the creation process, or the cultural context of an image’s creation just by looking at a piece of art. The available resources can supplement learning done while visiting the museum or be used at home along with studies of other artists. Rockwell’s work is particularly useful for teaching kids to look critically at images because most of his paintings are depictions of everyday events. The images that kids will be considering are similar to the types of illustrations that they see in picture books- it’s a logical place to begin!
For more formal educators, the museum also offers a downloadable Educator’s Resource Packet and lessons plans for secondary students, as well as programs for schools (K-12) and both a Girl & Boy Scouts.
Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The Museum is open year-round; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information visit the Museum online at www.nrm.org.
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