Hello everyone!

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I hope your week is off to a good start! This week, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite books, by Finnish painter, illustrator and author, Tove Jansson. Some of you may be familiar with her famous characters, the Moomins, but she was also a very talented painter. Tove is perhaps the most famous artist to come from Finland, and I love her quirky and colorful illustrations.

You can learn more about Tove and the Moomins here: https://www.moomin.com/en/tove-jansson/

And more about her fine art here: https://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/tove-jansson/

Art and Illustrations by Tove Jansson:

Party in the City (Juhlat kaupungissa), Tove Jansson

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Tove Jansson, Illustration for the book Moominland Midwinter, c. 1956, scrape drawing on cardboard, 13 x 18,5 cm, Private Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Do her illustrations remind you of any other famous artists and authors?

Week Two Art Project:

In this video, I will read one of her stories, The Book about Moomin, Mymble, and Little My. This book is unique because she has cutouts on EVERY page, so you see a bit of the next page, and it becomes a part of the artwork on the page you’re reading. At the end of the story, I show you a quick project I made inspired by her book and art, so make sure you watch until the end!


Remember, be creative and see how you can use materials around your house to make your project– try crayons, highlighters, markers, recycled paper– it’s up to you!

You can see a full list of the weekly video art lessons while we are on break here: https://mckinleyptc.org/mckinley-art/

Once you have created your work of art, don’t forget to share it with me –– you can email a photo of it, along with your name and class, as well as any other info about your project to: BarbaraLeeSmith87@gmail.com

I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!! I’ll check back soon!

All the best, 

Ms. Smith