Chasing Vermeer

Integrating Literacy, the Arts and Technology

The idea.

The book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Baillet is full of research opportunities, mysteries and adventure. The book follows two friends on the hunt of an international art thief. A Vermeer painting goes missing from the Art Institute of Chicago and the thief will only return the painting if the community can figure out which paintings attributed to Vermeer are not authentic.

Learning Objectives

Students will research the background, theories and geography presented in the book using all available resources. Research skills will include:

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Atlas
  • Encyclopedia

Students will gain understanding and appreciation for the artists discussed in the book.

  • Vermeer
  • Caillebotte
  • Degas
  • Monet
  • DaVinci
  • Bierstadt
  • Cassatt

Students will gain an understanding of how art impacts our world.

Future Lessons

For next time

1. Ask classroom teacher to read book in class as read aloud. Doing the entire project during library/technology class time was time consuming. By having classroom teacher read chapters aloud in class, research can be conducted during instruction time.

2. Narrow down the list of artist research. Make it more specific to student interest and curriculum.

3. Allow students more time to work on their tasks in class.