Ideas & Inspiration for Chasing Vermeer
From the publisher’s website:
When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one — neighbors, parents, teachers — is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem-solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?
Title-specific resources for your Book to Art Club:
- Johannes Vermeer works and biography on the Riijksmuseum website.
- Hyde Park in the Encyclopedia of Chicago.
- History page from the University of Chicago website.
- Project ideas and inspiration on our Chasing Vermeer Pinterest Board.
About the suggested projects:
There are so many themes in Chasing Vermeer (fine art, history, coincidences) that the project options associated with this title are seemingly endless. Try your hand at an ekphrastic poem inspired by Vermeer’s A Lady Writing, or a collage using historic illustrations or photographs, handwritten letters, and fine art coloring pages. Create a labyrinth using an altered book or in a collage.