Pippin Paints a Portrait

Pippin Paints a Portrait
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April 12, 2022
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Pippin is painting his self-portrait, but his friends think he’s got a lot to learn about painting. They take him to see Angelique’s portrait, which takes inspiration from Cubism, Dudley’s portrait, which is inspired by the work of Chris Ofili, Momo’s portrait, which draws from the work of Yayoi Kusama, and Franklin and Aaliya’s portrait, which is a colour field painting in the style of Mark Rothko.

Pippin is feeling very deflated, but his little friend Minky helps him to dig deep and find the artist inside himself.

Packed with information about famous artists, their approaches and their mediums, this book simultaneously engages, informs and asks young readers to question how they themselves ‘read’ and create art.

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A Great Introduction to Art and Artists
(Updated: June 22, 2022)
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Pippin is a dog who sets out to paint a self-portrait, but he needs to figure out what his artistic style will be. Pippin visits many friends who paint self-portraits influenced by different artists and their styles. None of those specific styles feels right to Pippin. By staying true to his artistic voice, Pippin was able to complete his self-portrait and his showing was a success.

You can't have a book about art and not have amazing illustrations to accompany it. In particular, I enjoyed the illustrations of Van Gogh and Degas's work. They were easily recognizable, yet still had the illustrator's artistic voice. In the book, young artists are exposed to art vocabulary such as self-portrait and what a medium is, and can also see works from Van Gogh, Mattise, Picasso, and other fantastic artists. Each artist featured in the story is described in more detail on a two-page spread at the end of the book.

The book is a wonderful way to introduce elementary school-aged children to artists and art.
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