Thanks for joining us for our very first week of Art is Awesome!!
This week we are learning about an artist named
one of the most beloved American artists.
Norman's grandfather was an English artist, Thomas Hill, who specialized in very detailed animal drawings. Norman's father liked to copy illustrations from magazines, and would pull up a chair for Norman to do it with him. As a boy, Norman was very thin and awkward. His pigeon-toed feet caused him to wear corrective shoes at the age of ten, and glasses at twelve--giving him the nickname "Moony". Poor at sports, he found he could entertain his friends through his art. When he was just five years old, other boys played with store-bought ships to have naval battles. Since he couldn't afford them, Norman cut some of his own out of cardboard and painted them. They became so popular, other boys asked him to make some for them!
He had his first paying assignment by the time he was sixteen. By the age of nineteen he was the art director for Boy's Life magazine. His first cover of Saturday Evening Post appeared in 1916, when he was just twenty-two. He got the job with the help of his roommate who was already doing cartoons for the magazine. Over the next forty years he did 321 covers for the magazine. You can see more of his work at
Design and draw your own magazine cover. Your magazine can be about anything that interests you: art, sports, cooking, animals, etc.
Your magazine cover should have:
Title of the magazine
Featured artwork or photo
Titles of a story or feature
Any kind of paper
Crayons or colored pencils (you can even paint it if you want!)
Here are some magazine covers created by three members of our
Young at Art team!
Aubrey, age 12
Levi, age 9
Emmett, age 6
We hope you enjoy learning about Norman Rockwell and we would love to see the magazine cover you create! Email us a photo, we'd love to post it on our
BONUS POINT FOR PARENTS:
The New York Center for Arts Education lists many benefits for giving children opportunities to create art. Just a few benefits are:
Your child learns to think creatively with an open mind
Your child learns to observe and describe, analyze and interpret
Your child practices problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills
Watch for more benefits next week!
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