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A Norman Rockwell Art Puzzle - "The Connoisseur"

Updated on July 15, 2012

Our Norman Rockwell Art Puzzle Journey

When we visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, I let my daughter select her own gift shop selection. She chose Rockwell's "The Connoisseur" puzzle. It's turning out to be a wonderful family experience.

Sitting around the table doing the puzzle is both a relaxing and engaging experience. And, somehow, despite the intensity of the thinking and puzzling going on, we seem to start sharing feelings, ideas and experiences (that just wouldn't have surfaced while the tv was on obviously).

And, of course, we now have a fabulous dialogue going on about Norman Rockwell's art and the quintessential America that he painted.

The Connoisseur by Norman Rockwell
The Connoisseur by Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell the Connoisseur 1000 Piece Puzzle
Norman Rockwell the Connoisseur 1000 Piece Puzzle

1000 opportunities to put things in order.

1000 opportunities to talk about Norman Rockwell and art.

1000 opportunities to bond with your family.

Show me an xBox game that can do that!

 

Puzzles for the Homeschooling Crowd

Puzzle making improves the mind. It teaches the brain to be observant, to make connections, to consider possibilities that aren't readily apparent, and, to imagine.

Puzzle making also is a fun way for our kids and us to learn together (& bond with us) about lots of cool topics. Say, for example, you'd like to expose your children to some cool artist who happened to capture over 40 years of Americana and American history. Then, perhaps, doing a puzzle of one of those art paintings might plant some awesome seeds of curiousity, information, and insight.

Do you use puzzles in YOUR homeschooling curriculum?

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Norman Rockwell's "The Four Freedoms

Norman Rockwell The Four Freedoms 750pc Panoramic Puzzle The Saturday Evening Post-1943
Norman Rockwell The Four Freedoms 750pc Panoramic Puzzle The Saturday Evening Post-1943

Norman Rockwell's four paintings which are collectively referred to as "The Four Freedoms" are a stirring reminder of where our hearts are. The Norman Rockwell Museum has an circular room in its center that is specially designated for the display of these awesome paintings.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom to Worship

Freedom from Fear

Freedom from Want

 

Hey, Honey, When was the last time we did something fun with the kids to show them good art?

The Missing Piece

Rockwell Art Puzzle The Connoisseur Missing Piece
Rockwell Art Puzzle The Connoisseur Missing Piece

Did you notice the missing piece in the top border? What do you think happened to it? Brand new shrink-wrapped puzzle box. First thing we did was sort out the edges & the corners. We thought maybe it had made its way into the wrong pile. Still haven't found it. Are the "Puzzle Gods" toying with us?

What do YOU think happened to the Missing Piece?

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Norman Rockwell Museum

Have you ever been to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts?

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Puzzles Puzzles Puzzles - Art Puzzles = puzzle replicas of artworks that weren't made for puzzles

Have you ever done an art puzzle?

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MC Escher Art Puzzle

Pomegranate M.C. Escher Ascending and Descending 1000 Piece Puzzle
Pomegranate M.C. Escher Ascending and Descending 1000 Piece Puzzle

I love Norman Rockwell's artwork (and making puzzles out of them). And, I also love MC Escher's artwork too.

So, if your family is more of a puzzle within a puzzle sort of family, and wants a different vibe than a Rockwell painting, then an MC Escher puzzle might be just the ticket.

 

Share YOUR Puzzle Experiences with us!

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