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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Children's Book of Art

The Children's Book of Art by Rosie Dickins is a wonderful introduction to famous paintings! This book features over thirty of the "world's best known, best-loved pictures." I was a little surprised by the reaction of my daughters to this book. They loved the paintings, analyzing what they liked about each, and deciding and discussing their favorite works of art. They were using words such as "realistic" and "This one makes me think about..." Two of their favorite paintings are The Large Blue Horses by Franz Marc and Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Even with a teaching background, I sometimes underestimate the capability and possible interests of little ones. Now, I can't wait to take them to the art museum to explore real paintings!!
The Children's book of Art is also filled with numerous facts about artists and their lives. I didn't read all of the pages to my girls, but pointed out facts that I thought would be interesting. This book is recommended for ages 10 and up, but my girls enjoyed it immensely. I often use books that are recommended for older children if I think I can enrich my girls in some way with them, especially if the illustrations are eye-appealing.
Their are also internet links in the book for students to extend their learning and create their own art online. I will include a few activities that I think would supplement this great book.

Literature Links!!

1. Have your child explore different types of media or techniques, such as pastels, oil paints, watercolors, or tempera. Share works of art that have been created with the type of media you are featuring.

Mona Lisa
by Leonardo da Vinci: oil paints
The Snail by Henry Matisse: collage
Lavender Mist by Jackson Pollack: action art(splashing and dripping paint in energenic movements)

2. Create an art gallery in your child's room or play room to display framed art work.

3. Visit a local art gallery, showing, or museum.

1 comment:

Kristy Powers said...

I just love this. I think my children would really get into it, and of course it is a way to introduce something important: works of art. Enjoying this blog!

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