Art Books for Kids: An Eye for Color, the story of Josef Albers

Color is tricky.

If you look at green next to blue, it looks one way. Take that same green and put it next to yellow, and you'll be shocked at how different it looks!

Josef Albers Artist Study for Kids. Learn about color theory and his amazing Homage to the Square series of paintings!

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This phenomenon in color theory became an obsession for Josef Albers, and he spent 27 years painting the same composition over and over and over again (thousands of times!) using different color combinations. 

This series is simply called, "Homage to the Square."

He would carefully label the back of his paintings – much like a scientist – noting down the exact paints he used.

Color theory for kids with Josef Albers. Learn all about his Homage to the Square paintings as you read 'An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers.'

Josef Albers

March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976

In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.
— Josef Albers

This book is the perfect introduction to Josef Albers for kids! It was written by Natasha Wing, who was neighbors with Josef Albers' a young girl in Orange, Connecticut. 

She covers his life, his work, and his unwavering interest in color! It's written in a really fun and kid-friendly storybook style, and she concludes the book with an Author's Note (a little background about her personal relationship with Albers), a More About Josef Albers page (where she gives a brief overview of his journey from artist to teacher), a Glossary (which would be really helpful for kids just learning about color theory... terms like hue, intensity, pigment, etc. are all covered), and an Activity Page (where 5 fun Albers-inspired color theory activities are offered).

If you are looking for some color theory projects to do with your kids, or just want to introduce an artist study featuring a painter who isn't usually studied... you and your kids will LOVE learning all about Josef Albers!

Check it out and let me know what you thought!


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