Check out Rembrandt's works! Rembrandt created so many
masterpieces in his lifetime.  I wish I could have included hundreds of
them in my book. Take a minute these two personal favs. First, you'll
want to check out the
Night Watch. What's with the girl and the dead
chicken?  I also love this seashell print.  If you checked out the seashell,
go back and explore a few of the fabulous works of the
Amesterdam.  Rembrandt told stories with his art, follow this link at The
National Gallery of Art (USA) to
Abraham and entertaining the angels.
For all the budding artists!  Follow these links to learn how to draw
dogs.  Be warned, once you start drawing cute pooches, it's hard to stop!
Here's a link to fun cartoon dog instructions.  Here's another link. Here
is a movie on how to draw dogs (hard). Here is another one (easy). Not
sure what kind of dog to draw?
Try the American Kennel Club site.
Copying pictures is great way to start but remember, you need to get out
there with a dog.  You have to look very closely. Think about the size of
the dog's ears when compared with its eyes. Think about the length of the
nose, ears and legs. Whoa, you've got lots to do.  Have fun.  Also check
out my
Dog Art Gallery. Perhaps you will want to add some art.
chi·a·ro·scu·ro   [kee-ahr-uh-skyoor-oh]  This is use of light and shade
to show feelings or share drama. Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro.
This is my stylized version of Rembrandt's "Three Trees." I love to play
with shading. It's basically getting a pencil and paper and thinking about
the dark and light spaces and forgetting about the lines.  
There are all
kinds of kits out there, but here is a link to one that is pretty reasonable
and should get you on the road of exploring light and shade for yourself.
My mom was an artist, and I dedicated this book to her
memory. She taught me to love art. My mom felt you
became a better person when you had the chance to see
one of Rembrandt's works. I will never forget her words:
"A photo is just an image of what is seen; Rembrandt saw
the soul and put that on the canvas. No one is ever going
to invent a camera that does that." Read my book,
Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs, follow these links,
but I'm telling you, nothing is like seeing a Rembrandt in
person. When you go see Rembrandt's work, take a sketch
pad. You will see more if you try to sketch what you are
looking at.   
Explore Rembrandt's House!  

I just love how you can look around the rooms virtually in this house.
Rembrandt's house is now a museum. Check it out.  

Here's a 17th century Dutch Doll House activity to try too. You might
have to download some software but this is really worth it! Too much