Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Favorite Book in the Art Room

I LOVE this book:

Unlikely Pairs by Bob Raczka is one of my students' favorite books. Whenever we have a few moments at the end of class, this is a "go to" activity -- analyzing the pairs of artworks and offering ideas why they might be paired.

This is one of the first pairings in the book:
The painting on the left, "Soap Bubbles", by artist Jean Babtiste Simeon Chardin has a lot going on in it to discuss. I was so delighted to recently find a short (and excellent) video on it at the Art Babbles site (here).  If you haven't seen this site, check it out. It is a treasure trove of resources for an art teacher!!!!

After viewing this video and examining a few bubble images from Google on the Smartboard, students will be creating their own bubble art ( maybe soap bubbles, maybe carbonation bubbles from a drink, maybe bubbles that they are blowing themselves).  I plan on having kids use construction paper crayons and maybe some oil pastels on black paper. We will have to wait to see what they come up with but I will share student work in the future.


  1. This looks like a really interesting book - thanks for the tip!

  2. This book found its way into my library as well. I love taking it out when we have down time and using it to promote discussion.

  3. Love this book too! We need a second edition!!!

    1. It would be fun to have students write their own sequel, wouldn't it??