Picture Books:

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi is a beautiful book depicting the life of Antoni Gaudi, an architect who revolutionized modern architecture with his curvy, mosaic-filled buildings. The church he designed, the Sagrada Familia looks like a sandcastle made from letting sand drip through your fingers. When I went to Barcelona, I was in awe of Guell Park with its colorful mosaics. While we can’t take our children to Barcelona at the moment, I wanted them to be familiar with the man who had designed these wonderful buildings and park. The book (and some internet searches for pictures of the places he designed) inspired my children to want to go to Barcelona one day.

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Go Along Art Project:

I bought this for us to make Gaudi-inspired mosaics.

Corresponding Literature:

Gaudi is from Spain, so books set in Spain, like Ferdinand, work in well while studying Gaudi. The Three Golden Oranges is a great one for those who have already read Ferdinand over and over.

If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landing page to see the beginning of the art history timeline.