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Norman Rockwell


Norman Rockwell “The Shiner”

1st Grade


wiki Norman Rockwell

Vanity Fair article on Rockwell

NY Times article on Rockwell

Smithsonian article on Rockwell

Video of Rockwell discussing “The Golden Rule”

Video of Lucas and Spielberg discussing Rockwell

American Chronicles biography video on Rockwell  –  part 2

You may also check out children’s books about Norman Rockwell from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC.


Rockwell presentation

Rockwell teacher handout

Rockwell teacher handout (another version)


Rockwell prezi

Art Project Ideas:

Triple Self Portrait art project

Hillcrest Post magazine cover project

Norman Rockwell Museum family guide (there are some general activity ideas here)

Saturday Evening Post magazine cover printout

Notes from Previous Presentations

Please contribute your comments, helpful suggestions, websites, presentations and/or art project ideas to the above link.  The kids and future volunteers would benefit so much.  THANKS!

Photos from Previous Presentations 

Please share any pictures or videos you took during your presentation.  They can be uploaded to the above link.  Pictures can also be sent to parents through the SeeSaw app. Please contact the classroom teacher for more info.  THANKS!

  • The presentation should not take more than 20 minutes.  Feel free to talk more about the artist while the kids are doing the art project.  Allow students at least 30 minutes to do the art project.  Asking for about 1 hour total should give you enough time without rushing.
  • It’s a VERY good idea to have at least one parent helper to pass around supplies, assist, take photos, clean up, etc.
  • If volunteers are in short supply, consider combining all the first graders for the presentation into one classroom.  (You will need to ask the personal opinions of the teachers to see if it would work with kids of their age and temperament.)  After the presentation, the kids can return to their respective classrooms to do the art project.  There will need to be at least one parent volunteer in each class during the art project.  More time should be scheduled with the combined classroom setup.
  • For whatever art project you do, please be sure to check on availability of supplies from PIA cabinet or art room well ahead of time so they can be ordered at a discounted price.  If you end up buying your own supplies, please be sure to submit an expense voucher to be reimbursed so we can keep track of actual expenses.