I believe that some of the most open-minded individuals when it comes to art are children. And I believe that art is a means for expression, understanding and acceptance of other cultures, as well as a visual chronicle of history.
It was inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. I have seen pictures of it a thousand times and it still leaves me breathless. When I went to the library to look for children’s books about it and left empty-handed, I felt defeated. Not to be thwarted, I made my own book as an introduction to Vincent Van Gogh.
I had a few goals with the book:
- To show my son where Van Gogh lived (notice the small painting of Holland on page 2).
- To explain why he painted the way he did (using color to portray emotion).
- To get my son thinking about how colors can convey feelings.
- To help my son recognize that there are many variations of each color (e.g. there are hundreds of yellow colors).