Beautiful Shades of Brown
The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring
Growing up in the late 19th 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.
|Interest Level||Grade 1 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity|
|Number of Pages||32|
- 2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List Nominee
- 2020 Eureka! Honor Award Recipient
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
School Library Journal
“A meticulously crafted account of a trailblazing artist. Recommended for general purchase, particularly for libraries looking to include more biographies of black women artists.”—School Library Journal
Author: Nancy Churnin
Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne and Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. She is a full-time writer located in Texas.
Illustrator: Felicia Marshall
Felicia Marshall has illustrated numerous children's books. She received her bachelor's degree from Pratt Institute. A native Texan, she lives in Houston with her husband, three children, and their cat.
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Beautiful Shades of Brown
Growing up in the late 19th 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… View available downloads →