Belgian painter Anna Boch defied tradition in every sense. She forged her own style of painting, collected the art that brought her joy, and traveled freely as an unmarried woman. With the books on this list, kids will learn more about the two styles that influenced Boch the most: Impressionism and Pointillism. They’ll also be able to learn about other trailblazing women who, like Anna Boch, challenged conventions and made an impact on the world around them.
This book was created to accompany the Anna Boch exhibit at Mu.ZEE, a museum in Ostend, Belgium. It provides a comprehensive look at more than 100 works she created during her career, featuring full-color photographs and essays across its 250 pages. It's a beautiful coffee table book that is also insightful for any teenager or adult studying Anna Boch’s work.
Boch was one of the first supporters of Vincent van Gogh’s art. With this comprehensive volume, kids can get a glimpse of the qualities Boch saw in van Gogh’s art and learn why she fell in love with his work. Every one of his 871 paintings is pictured in the book, accompanied by a wealth of biographical information, art essays, quotes from van Gogh, and excerpts from his letters. Children and adults of any age will love to spend time paging through this book.
Learn all about one of Boch’s favorite styles with this book on Impressionism! The book starts by explaining the premise of Impressionism and why the invention of the style caused such a stir in the art world. Kids can also learn a bit about Impressionism masters such as Monet, Pissarro, and Degas. The final pages offer a look into the impact Impressionism had on future styles like Neo-Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Close to 100 reproductions are pictured in full color. Art lovers of all ages will enjoy this book!
Even though Anna Boch isn’t one of the 13 artists included in this book, it still offers an inviting way to study Impressionism and the artists that made the style famous. Cassatt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Morisot, and others are featured. There’s a biography of each artist and full-color images of a few of their most famous pieces. It’s a great resource for kids who are beginning to broaden their study of art. Kids 10+ will be able to read it on their own.
This nonfiction picture book takes an interesting approach to explaining Seurat’s revolutionary artistic style of Pointillism, a style that Boch utilized during part of her career. There’s not much background information on the artist’s life, but his style is explained in a kid-friendly manner. Kids learn about optics and how colors mix in the viewer’s eye. They also learn about the kind of trial-and-error process Seurat went through when creating his paintings. It takes a close look at A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte and gives a one-paragraph overview of a few of his other pieces. Read this one with elementary children who love to learn about the details behind paintings!
In this book, Caldecott-medalist David Wiesner presents the story of two animal artists. One is a serious artist with lots of experience named Arthur. The other is an enthusiastic beginner named Max. With funny outbursts and a few misunderstandings, Art learns that using a little more creative expression is a good thing. Pointillism is even featured in one of the illustrations! This story brings the two characters to life in a playful way. Read it with preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Anna Boch’s family was famous for their work with ceramics. With the activities in this book, your family can create ceramic works of art too! Kids will love the hands-on nature of working with clay. There are 26 projects and plenty of photos to lead you through the steps of each one. You artists will get the chance to create wind chimes, birdbaths, lanterns, jars, and more. The level of difficulty is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school kids.
Explore the 25,000-year history of clay art! This informative book traces the traditions of working with clay across different locations and time periods. It also details the various uses of ceramic creations and the importance they’ve played in cultures across the globe. There are also 200 full-color images so children can see everything that’s possible with clay! Young children will probably have difficulty understanding the concepts in the text, but they’ll enjoy paging through all of the images.
Just a few decades before Anna Boch revolutionized the art world with her paintings, travels, and overall independence, Elizabeth Blackwell was similarly shocking the world with her work in the medical field. This book tells her story, showcases her curiosity and hard work, and celebrates her as the first woman in America to earn a medical degree. It also depicts the hardships and opposition independent women faced in the 1800s in America. Read this one with elementary kids.
This book explores the lives of 50 women who dared to do something different. Much like Boch, these women went beyond what was expected of them to achieve something truly special. Kids will read about Joan of Arc, Sacagawea, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, and many others. Engaging illustrations and photographs run alongside each biography. Read a few pages at a time with elementary children.
Guan Daosheng, Harriet Powers, Julia Morgan—do you know these female artists? They all changed the art world in very unique ways! You and your children can read about these three artists and 47 more in this book. A two-page illustrated spread is devoted to each woman. Plus, an illustrated timeline helps kids see how all of the artists fit together through history. Anna Boch is not included but many of her contemporaries are. Kids 10+ can read this book on their own, but younger children will enjoy learning about these artists one by one.