Discovering Women Artists for Children is part of the "Come Look with Me" series of art books for children. Each of the featured 12 artists has a full-page color plate, and a short paragraph about the artist and the painting itself. A set of questions is also included for each, designed to draw children into the works and start conversations. Learn about everyone from Grandma Moses to Faith Ringgold to Frida Kahlo to renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola. 32 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
COME LOOK WITH ME: DISCOVERING WOMEN ARTISTS FOR CHILDREN introduces children to twelve magnificent works of art. Children will share the excitement of Sofonisba Anguissola and her sisters; and feel their determination as they play in "The Chess Player." They will relax with Mary Cassatt in "The Tea Party," looking at how women lived, and ask questions about the roles women take. Children will also have fun examining their own faces and dress with Frieda Kahlo’s "Self Portrait With Monkey."
In this study of women artists, children will become familiar with painters who are often forgotten in art history books because of their gender. All these works are striking images, created by women who would not let society’s gender biases deter their love of art and their creativity, and who, today, can be accepted as equals. From the medieval realism in Artemesia Gentileschi’s "Lute Player," to the Impressionism of Berthe Morisot’s "The Coiffure," children can explore what differences there are in a woman’s way of painting and what they see. They can end up softly with Grandma Moses’ "Sugaring Off," or they can tease out the story in Faith Ringgold’s "Love in the School Yard."
Jennifer Tarr Coyne is a teacher at The School at Columbia University in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Harvard University and before teaching worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She loves to inspire children to find stories and meaning in paintings. She lives in New York City with her husband.