Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is one of those books that our whole family enjoyed. We have listened to it as a book on tape on a long car journey which is a fun way to pass the time. It is a mystery that involves real paintings by Jan Vermeer, the Dutch artist who lived in the 1600’s.
I was always looking for ways to tie in our artist study with any other subjects like literature and history. This book does the trick so I thought I would share a bit with you and that way you can introduce this rather interesting artist in a way that may appeal to even the most reluctant of students. Here is a link to Amazon if you want to purchase a copy of the book: Chasing Vermeer. (This is my amazon affiliate link.)
Here are the two main paintings discussed in the book with links.
I found this rather well done “book trailer” on YouTube if you want to get a taste of the book before you read it with your children.
Now for the follow up. If you own my Vermeer mini unit, both of the paintings above are included in the schedule and include notebook pages as well.
WikiArt – Vermeer This is a website that many of Vermeer’s paintings that you can view, save, and print since they are in the public domain.