(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.
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, Amazon.com and several museum bookstores across the USA, and directly from the publisher.