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A Child's Introduction to Art : The World's Greatest Paintings and Sculptures
by Heather Alexander and Meredith Hamilton


Overview - The newest volume in Black Dog's best-selling, award-winning Child's Introduction series explores the fascinating world of art and artists and includes do-it-yourself art projects throughout.



In the tradition of Black Dog's best-selling Child's Introduction books, which include The Story of the Orchestra and A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky , A Child's Introduction to Art introduces kids ages 9 through 12 to the art world's most famous painters, styles, and periods, all brought to life through full-color photographs of 40 masterpieces, as well as charming original illustrations.
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Overview
The newest volume in Black Dog's best-selling, award-winning Child's Introduction series explores the fascinating world of art and artists and includes do-it-yourself art projects throughout.



In the tradition of Black Dog's best-selling Child's Introduction books, which include The Story of the Orchestra and A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky, A Child's Introduction to Art introduces kids ages 9 through 12 to the art world's most famous painters, styles, and periods, all brought to life through full-color photographs of 40 masterpieces, as well as charming original illustrations.



The book highlights 40 painters and sculptors, including Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Diego Velasquez, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol, providing information on their life, inspirations, influences, technique, and a full-color photo of one of their signature works of art. It also includes an overview of various styles and periods (Renaissance, Impressionism, Cubism, etc.), instruction on how to view and appreciate art, and information on the color wheel and other tools artists employ.



Fun art projects throughout, such as Can You Find It?, Q-tip pointillism, making a stained-glass window with tissue paper, and Spatter Paint like Pollock, allow kids to learn about painting techniques and explore their own artistic abilities. Also includes five masterpiece paintings to color.



Meredith Hamilton's witty illustrations add another dimension to the excellent text and photographs.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781579129569
  • ISBN-10: 1579129560
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 96
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Art - History
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Art - Painting
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Art - Sculpture

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

This engrossing primer (part of the Child’s Intro series) invites readers to practice skills of observation and interpretation while looking at well-known works of art. Alexander offers brief biographical information about 35 featured artists and descriptions of their styles and techniques, while intermittent sections explore such concepts as color and perspective. Alexander helps personalize the artwork through thought-provoking insights; for Goya’s The Third of May, 1808, she notes, “Goya didn’t show the faces of the men in the firing squad. In their military uniforms, they are faceless evil.” Art activities and spot illustrations are peppered throughout, and an envelope includes b&w images for readers to color. Ages 9–12. (May)

 
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