Norman Rockwell “Quotes”

“Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller.”

“I cannot convince myself that a painting is good unless it is popular. If the public dislikes one of my Post covers, I can’t help disliking it myself.”

“I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn’t an ideal world, it should be and so painted only the ideal aspects of it-pictures in which there are no drunken slatterns or self-centered mothers . Only foxy grandpas who played baseball with the kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the backyard.”

“Commonplaces never become tiresome. It is we who become tired when we cease to be curious and appreciative.”

“I used to sit in the studio with a copy of the Post laid across my knees,” Rockwell once wrote. “Must be two million people look at that cover,’ I’d say to myself. All looking at that cover. And then I’d conjure up a picture of myself as a famous illustrator, surrounded by admiring females, and being wined and dined by the editor of the Post, Mr. George Horace Lorimer.”

“The view of life I communicate in my pictures,” Rockwell wrote, “excludes the sordid and ugly. I paint life as I would like it to be.”

“If there was sadness in this creative world of mine, it was a pleasant sadness. If there were problems, they were humorous problems.”

“If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy in it.”

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Biography I
Norman Rockwell was born in New York City, but his family would spend summers on the farm. He was not athletic and could not play ball as well as his brother. All he could really do well was draw pictures, and he spent a lot of time drawing. His parents saw he had talent and arranged for him to take art lessons. Every Saturday he would travel two hours by trolley and subway to get to the art school. He dropped out of high school to attend an art academy. In 1912 he illustrated a handbook for the Boy Scouts and drew the pictures for Boy Scout calendars. He also drew illustrations for advertisements such as insurance, toothpaste, etc.

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Norman Rockwell Quotes
“Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller.”

“If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy in it.”

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Work an online jigsaw puzzle of Norman Rockwell’s The Golden Rule. It’s a great way to get kids more familiar with great works of art. The puzzle pieces may be rotated to provide a greater challenge for older students.

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Norman Rockwell Desktop Wallpaper
Download free Norman Rockwell desktop wallpapersfrom the Official Norman Rockwell Website. Just select the JPG format you prefer and follow the instructions.

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Norman Rockwell Word Search Worksheet
Print a Norman Rockwell word search worksheet. It’s a great opportunity to review the most important terms in the biography.

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