A beautiful, resonant book that illuminates the life and critical contributions of Laura Wheeler Waring. Churnin writes another beautiful picture book biography this time of Laura Wheeler Waring, who moved barriers to paint portraits of African Americans like her family Her dream was to see African American paintings in museums so that African American children could see themselves on the walls In beautiful language, Churnin describes Laura s passion and determination to succeed My favorite line Brown was a rainbow, with orange, and blue, red and green tucked inside, playing hide and seek Marshall s paintings bring this story to life. Growing Up In The Late Th Century, Laura Wheeler Waring Didn T See Any Artists Who Looked Like Her She Didn T See Any Paintings Of People Who Looked Like Her, Either As A Young Woman Studying Art In Paris, She Found Inspiration In The Works Of Matisse And Gaugin To Paint The People She Knew Best Back In Philadelphia, The Harmon Foundation Commissioned Her To Paint Portraits Of Accomplished African Americans Her Portraits Still Hang In Washington DC S National Portrait Gallery, Where Children Of All Races Can Admire The Beautiful Shades Of Brown She Captured An okay intro biography for the Harlem Renaissance painter, and the only result on Goodread s catalog for Laura Wheeler Waring at all It s nice there is a book about her, but the writing is dry, difficult to spot on the page, and doesn t seem to go along with the lovely illustrations much Not one for my storytimes unfortunately.Age Upper elementary Plot a light biography of Laura Wheeler WaringThemes brown skin is beautiful, art making, breaking boundariesLength Medium longWordiness HighIllustrations gorgeous paintings done by Felicia Marshall in the style of Laura Wheeler Warring Read it I d never heard of Laura Wheeler Waring, so this was a learning experience as well as a delight I especially appreciated the inclusion of reproductions of some of her paintings at the end of the book Her Marian Anderson portrait is gorgeous Laura Wheeler, an African American artist, painted the portraits of African Americans showing the beauty of all the shades of brown skin She discovered that brown holds many colors within it Marian Anderson posed for her Day after day, Marian posed Laura mixed shades of brown Burnt umber with yellow and dabs of white No, that wasn t it How about a little green and violet Closer Laura wiped her paint spattered forehead Traces of red and cerulean blue The resulting portrait traveled around the country.This celebration of color is captured in clear, elegant language It is an inspiring story of a an African American girl determined to become an artist to show the world the beauty of brown An important book A moving portrayal of the life and accomplishments of artist Laura Wheeler Waring From a very young age, Laura knew she wanted to paint portraits Despite many obstacles, including racial segregation, Laura worked hard to get herself accepted into art school and a scholarship to study in Paris Her art helped break down racial barriers and still hangs in the Smithsonian Institution today A must have for any classroom or library collection. What a beautiful book Sometimes when I start reading picture books, after few pages I start of understand the story line and get attached But when I started reading Beautiful shaded of brown , after the second page when she talked about rainbows, I was hooked The story is powerful and it is an easy read and the illustrations are stunning Highly recommend this book to those who want to inspire their children to follow their dreams and also be inspired. I am loving the trend of picture book biographies about lesser known people Each one is a reminder of everything I do not yet know I am also reminded that the well known people from history have been chosen, publicized, and popularized, but are not necessarily worthy of reknown.This portrayal of a young artist from Connecticut focuses mostly on Waring s artistic journey From an artistic perspective, the lack of African American portraits and painters played a big role in Waring s journey Otherwise neither racism nor sexism play a big role in this story, except a casual mention of segregation Reproductions of some of Waring s work are included, as is a timeline of her life. Marshall s illustrations capture the look and feeling of paintings by early 20th century painter Laura Wheeler Waring The text keeps this biography focused on Waring s art, and her mixing colors to paint famous African American subjects is related with joyful celebration of luminous brown tones A perfect pairing of text art, the biography ends with reproductions of several of Waring s portraits that hang in the Smithsonian A fantastic spotlight on art history, that places Waring in historical context while also delving into her artistic process growth This review is based on an advance reader copy of the book
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Beautiful Shades of Brown book, this is one of the most wanted Nancy Churnin author readers around the world.
- 32 pages
- Beautiful Shades of Brown
- Nancy Churnin
- 22 June 2019 Nancy Churnin