LTHS Art Teacher Published

(All copy and images courtesy of author Eric Gibbons)  What do you get when you combine history, geography, international languages, rhyme, and art? You get the newest book from Firehouse Publications titled "If Picasso Went on Vacation." This inter-curricular collection of poems and illustrations, was created by 40 art teachers from all over the world, including local art teacher Amber Forgey of Lake Travis High School

From Renaissance works to more modern pieces of Pop, each participant chose an artist from history to emulate. These teachers stepped into the shoes of historic greats and created a work of art of a famous landmark that artist might have made.

We have artists from all over the globe, from different periods of time, male and female, black, white, native peoples, and everything in between. We also chose a very diverse approach to the media including traditional paintings and illustrations, to collage, mosaic, and even an example of quilting in the style of Sarah Mary Taylor.
— Eric Gibbons, "If Picasso Went on Vacation" Author

Each artwork is accompanied with a unique poem that tells a bit about the artist, their genre, and the landmark subject. Each poem ends by teaching the reader how to say yes, no, and hello in the local language. Each illustration is accompanied by a globe that indicates where on earth that landmark exists. The author has even uploaded a free extended learning packet readers can download and explore themes of geography, poetry, research, history, language, and more.

Books will initially be available through teacher Amber Forgey, and several museum bookstores across the USA, and directly from the publisher