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Artwork designed by classroom art teachers!


This book was conceived, written, and illustrated by 50 art teachers from all over the world who share a passion for art history and teaching. After the amazing success of Gibbons' first book, If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree, this follow-up book was created. 


Each teacher has emulated an artist of his/her choosing from history and includes an alliterative animal in a way that honors the work of that artist. By combining art, history, science (zoology) and poetry, this book becomes a unique resource for inter-curricular teaching. A combination of art genres is used, from the Renaissance era to modern works, which may bear little resemblance to zoo animals! These art teachers, from elementary level to high school, created these delightful illustrations to share and educate. 

ALL images in this book are NOT the work of the famous artists we have mentioned. These are emulations by art teachers with a zoo/animal theme. This is a common project in art classes around the world–to create an image in the style of a famous artist. We gather our work collectively here in the hopes to educate people about the rich traditions of art history, and hopefully to inspire our readers to learn more about these amazing artists as we attempt to honor them here!

About the Author

Eric Gibbons is the founder and director of Firehouse Gallery, an AENJ award-winning art educator, an artist, an inventor, and an origami master. His work has been featured in international exhibitions of art in places such as Osaka, Japan and Alexandria, Egypt. He is the author of If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree. He lives in Bordentown, New Jersey.

  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940290422
  • Publisher: Firehouse Publications (August 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2015

If Picasso Went to the Zoo

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