Beautiful Shades of Brown: Laura Wheeler Waring, Artist

Beautiful Shades of Brown: Laura Wheeler Waring, Artist

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...

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Title:Beautiful Shades of Brown: Laura Wheeler Waring, Artist
Author:Nancy Churnin
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Beautiful Shades of Brown: Laura Wheeler Waring, Artist Reviews

  • Jeanette Bradley

    Marshalls illustrations capture the look and feeling of paintings by early 20th century painter Laura Wheeler Waring. The text keeps this biography focused on Warings 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 Warings portraits that hang in the Smithsonian. A fantastic spotlight on art history, that places Waring in

    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)

  • Jenna Grodzicki

    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.

  • Tina Cho

    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 Lauras 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.

    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.

  • Christine

    This picture book for ages 7-11 is stunning. It's about the Black female painter Laura Wheeler Waring who isn't well known but really should be. She started painting friends and family as a young girl, wanting to showcase people who looked like her and her siblings and hoped to have her paintings in museums. She studied in Paris and was commissioned to paint a ton of important, influential African-American people like WEB DuBois and opera singer Marian Anderson during the Harlem Renaissance. The

    This picture book for ages 7-11 is stunning. It's about the Black female painter Laura Wheeler Waring who isn't well known but really should be. She started painting friends and family as a young girl, wanting to showcase people who looked like her and her siblings and hoped to have her paintings in museums. She studied in Paris and was commissioned to paint a ton of important, influential African-American people like WEB DuBois and opera singer Marian Anderson during the Harlem Renaissance. The artwork (all paintings!) in the book is gorgeous. I can't recommend this book enough. It's a great book for art lovers of all ages and for anyone who wants to learn more about an African-American woman who achieved her dreams.

  • Christine Mcdonnell

    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 wasnt 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

    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!

  • Stephanie Bange

    Churnin has a knack for finding and writing picture book biographies about the most interesting people who have lived inspirational lives, yet are little known.

    Laura Wheeler grew up in the late 1800's, a talented African American woman painter who rose to some renown by painting well-known African Americans of the time.

    Highly Recommended for grades 1-8.

  • Anne

    Read it. Id 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!

    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!

  • Erin

    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 more 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

    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 more 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.

  • Tracey

    This is a children's biography book. It has wonderful art to accompany the story of Wheeler Waring's life. It starts when she's a young girl who dreams of painting all different colors of Brown. She goes on to have her artwork hung in museums.

    I had never heard of this artist before. I have seen her artwork before though, in the National Portrait Gallery. I admired it greatly in real life and reading the book has deepened my appreciation of it. I would recommend this for any kid that doesn't

    This is a children's biography book. It has wonderful art to accompany the story of Wheeler Waring's life. It starts when she's a young girl who dreams of painting all different colors of Brown. She goes on to have her artwork hung in museums.

    I had never heard of this artist before. I have seen her artwork before though, in the National Portrait Gallery. I admired it greatly in real life and reading the book has deepened my appreciation of it. I would recommend this for any kid that doesn't mind reading nonfiction. It's a great novel for kids who have to do a book report on a person of their choosing or assignment. I'd say the target age is around 8 and up. This could also be a great book for teachers/educators if they are planning a field trip where Wheeler Waring painting are displayed.

  • Iggi

    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 Waring

    Themes: brown skin is beautiful, art making, breaking boundaries

    Length: Medium-long

    Wordiness: High

    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 Waring

    Themes: brown skin is beautiful, art making, breaking boundaries

    Length: Medium-long

    Wordiness: High

    Illustrations: gorgeous paintings done by Felicia Marshall in the style of Laura Wheeler Warring

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