A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Written by Jen Bryant.  
Visit Jen at jenbryant.com.

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
Visit Melissa on the web at melissasweet.net.

The Illustrations were created using watercolor, gouache, and mixed media.

"Pictures just come to my mind... and I tell my heart to go ahead."  - Horace Pippin


SEE pages from Horace Pippin's World War 1 notebook.

See more great resources at this LINK.

Extension Activities:
- Have students draw a detailed scene of an everyday activity (brushing teeth, riding the bus, sports practice, etc) using a subdued palette with a splash of red.
- Have students express a struggle they have had in a drawing or painting.
- Make a map of the homes of Vermont artists and/or art galleries, using the map on the back end-papers as a model.


Bio Cube:  http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/cube-30057.html

Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. The interactive Cube Creator offers four options:

Bio Cube: This option allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person's significance, background, and personality.



Time Toast



Websites from the book:

  1. aaa.si.edu/collectionsonline/pipphora  -  Horace’s notebooks and letters. Details of World War I days and correspondence with his art dealer, Robert Carlen.
  2. archives.gov/education/lessons/369th-infantry  -  Details and photographs of the 369th Infantry Regiment, of which Horace was a member.
  3. barnesfoundation.org/education/educators/art-of-looking-pippin  -  “The Art of Looking” project uses Horace’s Giving Thanks as a teaching tool.
  4. www.brandywinemuseum.org/audiotours.html  -  Audio introduction to Saying Prayers and brief biographical narration.
  5. explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-1A0  -  Location and description of Horace’s home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he created his paintings. Image gallery showing selected works by Horace  -  explorepahistory.com/search.php?keywords= horace+pippin&category=2


A SPLASH OF RED won the 2014 Schneider Family Book Award for children ages 0 to 10. This award is for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

A SPLASH OF RED was also named an honor book for the 2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.

The NCTE awarded A SPLASH OF RED the 2014 Orbis Pictus Award, given each year for "excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children."

A SPLASH OF RED has received the Gold Award in the Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Spring Parents’ Choice Awards!

Carol Scrimgeour,
Apr 24, 2014, 5:53 PM