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Fred Babb Art Project

Fred Babb’s expressive colors, powerful statements and dynamic compositions makes him one of my favorite artists. Unfortunately, Fred died in 2006. I would have like to have met him. He stood for everything I believe art should be; an extension of oneself that is not necessarily taught, but understood. I try to remember this each time I walk into my classroom and face the little individuals that we often clump together as a whole. I try to remember that each child has a story. Each child has an expression.
I don’t always maintain this level of thinking. Often I succumb to the pressures of classroom management and parent expectations. At times, I’m a slave to the minutes on the clock, finishing the project, encouraging the kids along.
Rushing.
Poking.
But when I browse through my collection of Fred’s Art (check out his website here), he slows me down. Reminds me of why I’m here. Nudges me to think in broad terms. Tells me to remember the most important thing of all: don’t let yourself be the reason kids abandon art. Be the reason why they embrace it…for life.

Here is a sampling of inspirational pieces from my third and fourth graders…

    12 Comments

  1. these are awesome I love Fred Babb and have his art all over my classroom and I am wearing a t-shirt right now with his painting on it! Beautiful art and tribute to him in your blog!

    natty241

    April 16, 2010

  2. Where can you find Fred Babb artwork? I am looking for posters or anything to share with my kids at school… anyone have any suggestions???

    Andrea

    April 16, 2010

  3. Andrea, Check his website. I'm only familiar with his "book" which contains removable prints of many of his pieces.

    Patty P

    April 16, 2010

  4. Patty, WOW! I always like your ideas, but these paintings are spectacular – the best ever! So bright, colorful, dynamic, creative,and unique! Can you please give us specifics of this project – how much time spent, what your instructions were, etc? I can't wait "steal" your lesson!

    Phyl

    April 16, 2010

  5. After asking for more info, I just found your whole lesson posted last year. For those of us looking for images to share with kids, unfortunately his poster book is out of print and there's nothing but a very few t-shirts available at his website.
    🙁

    Phyl

    April 16, 2010

  6. Oh what a wonderful place…our son is 3 and a half…and he loves painting each and every day!!! wonderful to meet you and I love your pink bike!! I need one of those!!!

    Diana Evans

    April 18, 2010

  7. I managed to order one of the poster books through a used bookseller via Amazon… thanks for the tip… eBay has a copy but it is almost $100 for a used copy. I am hoping that one day they reprint some of his work! I also emailed the Babb Studio and Julia responded indicating that there are no prints in circulation right now… only tshirts.

    Andrea

    April 18, 2010

    • Andrea: My mother and I are looking into revitalizing the business and prints are one of the top considerations. Keep in contact with us!

      Chris Babb

      October 13, 2012

  8. I can’t believe I just found this post 2 years after it was made. Seeing the art of these children makes me happy. I see so much of my dad’s spirit in their art. Thank you for posting this. It brings him back to life.

    Chris Babb

    October 13, 2012

    • Thank you so much, Chris. Your father is my biggest inspiration. Art teachers around the world love him. If you ever get Fred’s posters and works published again, I know the market would embrace it. Let me know how I can help. I am your Dad’s biggest fan!

      Patty

      October 14, 2012

      • We’re working on getting it going as we speak. Sadly, the only way people can help right now is to buy out our existing T-shirt stock (which we’re selling on Etsy, here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FredBabbArt). As for the posters, I think we just came across a few of the Arts in Education posters (this design: http://www.hereitistomorrowagain.com/site/upload/post/704_2.jpg), but they’re in a bit of rough shape from nearly two decades of storage. If you’re interested in purchasing one, I can see about the shipping costs, just need a zip code.

        On another note, I’m planning to create a photo album on our Facebook page dedicated to Fred Babb-inspired artworks, and I would love to post these pictures from your kids. Would that be alright with you? Would it be alright with them? Do you have artist names to attach to them? Please message me on Facebook to let me know (link is in my name).

        Chris Babb

        November 18, 2012

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