OK, so it's not totally related to art lessons, but it may give students a different perspective to think about. I was recently at an estate sale browsing through a room filled with books and old photos. The lovely colored picture on the front of this book caught my eye.
I started flipping through it and realized that it was a 1938 art/activity book for kids titled, The Home University Bookshelf. I snapped it up, anxious to take it to school to share with my students the pictures of what kids in the 1930’s did for entertainment (before computers, TV, etc.). It is really a charming book.
Here are a few of the pictures:
My brother and I used to try all sorts of these hand shadows!!
I thought it was cool that the book was designed for boys and girls with cooking, sewing, woodworking, and building model airplanes as well as art and activity pages all in one place. Here is a type of page I can remember doing in my childhood -- finding what is wrong with the picture. Remember these?? Sort of like an old fashioned Where's Waldo!!