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- Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern, The
by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
- Art Forms in Nature
by Ernst Haeckel
Multitude of strangely beautiful natural forms: Radiolaria, Foraminifera, jellyfishes, fungi, turtles, bats, etc.
- Art of Science: A Pop-Up Adventure in Art
by Jay Young (Illustrator), Martin Jenkins
If you liked the Art Pack, you'll enjoy this book similar in concept but geared to a younger audience.
- Art Pack/a Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour Through the Creation of Art over the Centuries : What Artists Do, How They Do It, and the Masterpieces, The
by Christopher Frayling, Helen Frayling (Contributor), Ron Van Der Meer (Contributor)
- Art: The World's Greatest Paintings Explored and Explained
by Robert Cumming
- Artist's Palette: A Storybook and Sketchbook, The
by Elizabeth Koda-Callan
- Babar's Museum of Art
by Laurent De Brunhoff
On one of their weekly balloon flights over Celesteville, Babar and Celeste notice that the railroad station is standing empty. Elephants, it seems, now prefer cars over trains. Interestingly, although Babar comments on the roads "jammed with traffic," he and his queen decide to focus on the other issue--the abandoned station. Celeste comes up with an idea to turn it into a museum to house their art collection, and soon an architect is drawing up plans and workers are renovating the building. When the great day of the opening arrives, what a show! The royal couple had acquired some pretty impressive and well known works of art--all featuring elephants, of course. Laurent de Brunhoff outdoes himself with the real-life art-inspired paintings and sculptures, from Mary Cassatt’s "Mother and Child" to Edvard Munch’s "The Scream" to Leonardo da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa." Young art buffs will enjoy the very age-appropriate art appreciation lessons, as the children are encouraged! to say whatever they want about the art: "I like this picture because it’s red," says Arthur about Van Gogh’s "Self-Portrait." When pedantic Cornelius tries to pontificate, Celeste gently hushes him. Includes a free pull-out poster. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
- Careers In Art: An Illustrated Guide
by Gerald Brommer (Author), Joseph Gatto (Author)
Describes various careers in art and how to prepare for those careers.
- Charlotte in Giverny
by Melissa Sweet (Illustrator), Joan MacPhail Knight
It's 1892 and Charlotte is bound for Monet's famous artist colony in Giverny, France, where painters like her father are flocking to learn the new style of painting called Impressionism. In spite of missing her best friend, Charlotte becomes enchanted with France and records her colorful experiences in her journal. She makes new friends, plants a garden, learns to speak French, and even attends the wedding of Monsieur Monet's daughter!
Illustrated with beautiful museum reproductions and charming watercolor collages, Charlotte in Giverny includes a French glossary as well as biographical sketches of the featured painters. This delightful journal of a young girl's exciting year will capture readers' imaginations and leave a lasting impression.
- Charlotte in New York
by Joan MacPhail Knight (Author), Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
It's 1894. Charlotte and her American family have been living in France for two years where her father has learned the new way of painting called Impressionism. Now her father's paintings are going to be featured in a show in New York and the whole family is going along. New York is a hustling, bustling city like no other in the world, and Charlotte records it all in her colorful journal.
Illustrated with striking museum reproductions, beautiful watercolor paintings, and collages, the book also includes biographical sketches of the featured painters. Charlotte's exciting journey to the city that never sleeps will make any reader shout, "I love New York!"
- Child's Book of Art
by Lucy Micklethwait
- Come Look With Me : Exploring Landscape Art With Children
by Gladys Blizzard
Drawing from a wide-ranging selection of 20th century works of art, children explore the artwork, invited to pantomime the boldly swirling brush strokes of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night or cover a figure in the foreground of George Innes’s Lackawanna Valley and consider how the painting would look without it.
- Come Look With Me : Exploring Native American Art With Children
by Stephanie Salomon (Editor)
- Come Look With Me : World of Play
by Gladys S. Blizzard
Author Gladys S. Blizzard has chosen twelve fascinating works of art ranging from an ancient Minoan fresco and a classic Winslow Homer to a wacky modern basketball game sculpted by Red Grooms in painted wood.
- Come Look With Me: American Indian Art
by Stephanie Salomon
Children will learn new ways of looking at and understanding Hopi Kachina dolls, a Pawnee ceremonial drum, a Yup’ik mask from Alaska used like a finger puppet, wooden posts carved in the shape of wolves for a Haida home, a fantastic drawing made in an account ledger book by a Lakota Sioux medicine man, and other captivating objects.
- Come Look With Me: Animals in Art
by Gladys Blizzard
The works featured in Animals in Art represent a variety of styles which youngsters will encounter again in museums and in books: the muscular realism of Rosa Bonheur’s The Horse Fair, the delicate romanticism of Martin Johnson Heade’s Cattleya Orchid and Tree Brazilian Hummingbirds, and the bold abstraction of Henri Matisse’s The Snail. They also represent an intriguing menagerie of beasts, from the mysterious deer and horses stampeding across the wall of Lascaux cave to Paul Klee’s whimsical heart –nosed cat dreaming of a bird.
Each work of art is accompanied by a brief biographical sketch of the artist and a series of open-ended questions designed to encourage discussion. Through her thought-provoking text, Mrs. Blizzard encourages children to imagine themselves in the paintings: striding among the solemn-eyed creatures in Edward Hick’s The Peaceable Kingdom, setting out on a voyage aboard Roy DeForest’s fantastical Canoe of Fate. In each work of art, children will discover the rewards of looking closely to find the details that bring a painting to life.
- Come Look With Me: Art in Early America
by Randy Osofsky
Children are introduces to a variety of media and styles in American art of the 1700’s and 1800’s. History comes alive as children examine the design of Samuel McIntire’s Gardner-Pingree House inside and out and imagine how it was lit during the day and night; they encounter Black Rock, A Two Kettle (?) Chief in George Catlin’s stately painting; they witness the War of 1812 with Thomas Chambers’ Capture of the H.R.M. Frigate Macedonian by the U.S. Frigate United States.
- Come Look with Me: Discovering African American Art for Children
by James Haywood, Jr. Rolling
Children are invited to wake up with Romare Bearden’s "Morning", to explore and join in important ceremonies as revealed in Clementine Hunter's "Baptism", and to stroll along the busy sidewalk in front of Jacob Lawrence’s "Brownstones". They can explore the ideas and the unique struggles of African American artists and their contribution to the culture of the United States.
- Come Look with Me: Enjoying Art with Children
by Gladys Blizzard
COME LOOK WITH ME: Enjoying Art with Children is the first volume in the COME LOOK WITH ME series of interactive art books from Lickle Publishing. Each book in the series introduces children to twelve magnificent works of art. More importantly, they offer a whole new way of encountering any work of art, one that engages the imagination as much as the eye.
Children are invited to search out the details that bring works of art to life – the tattered sleeve of a street urchin in John Brown’s A Tough Story, and the rosy complexion of a young musician in Renoir’s Two Girls at the Piano.
Drawing from a wide-ranging selection of works of art, from Hans Holbein the Younger’s 16th century portrait of a one-year-old Edward VI, Edward VI as a Child, to Pablo Picasso’s 1938 study of his daughter with a sailor doll, Maya with a Doll, children explore the artwork with lessons in perspective, color, line, and even in the nature of creative freedom.
- Come Look with Me: Exploring Modern Art
by Jessica Noelani Wright
Children enter the feelings and flat shapes of Henri Matisse’s The Red Room (Harmony in Red); they compare Pablo Picasso’s Horse Head Mask with a firespitter mask from the Ivory Coast; they imagine the expression on the face of the young girl in Diego Rivera’s The Flower Vendor (Girl With Lilies).
- Come Look With Me: Latin American Art
by Kimberly Lane
Color reproductions of twelve masterpieces are accompanied by questions that encourage young readers to learn through visual exploration and interaction. Works from artists such as Diego Rivera (Mexico), Fernando Botero (Columbia), and Ramon Frade (Puerto Rico) are included. Background information ont he artist, the period, the medium, the technique, and the subject of the painting provide context for the art experience.
- Come Look With Me: The Artist at Work
by R. Sarah Richardson
Children imagine themselves within the vast landscape of Albert Bierstadt’s The Oregon Trail, they are challenged to pose their own bodies like that of a ballerina in Edgar Degas’ Dancer Lacing Her Ballet Slipper, they can make up a story about William Michael Harnett’s intensely realistic The Old Violin.
- Come Look with Me: Women in Art
by Jennifer Tarr Coyne
Children will share the excitement of Sofonisba Anguissola and her sisters in "A Game of Chess". They will relax with Berthe Morisot in "Interior of a cottage or Child with her Doll", asking questions about the roles women take. And they will have fun examining themselves and their own faces and dress with Frieda Kahlo's "Self Portrait With a Monkey".
- Dan's Angel: A Detective's Guide to the Language of Paintings
by Alexander Sturgis (Author), Lauren Child (Illustrator)
Dan wanted to be a detective, but he wasn't sure just what he was searching for until the day he passed an interesting-looking building - what better place to find mysteries to solve than in an art museum? The clues within some of the greatest paintings of all time are revealed to Dan as he learns the language, symbols and mysteries of art.
- Design Drawing
by Francis D. K. Ching
Design Drawing Book and CD - ROM Francis D.K. Ching with Steven P. Juroszek Author and architecture educator Francis D.K. Ching shares his unique command of visual language in this new presentation of drawing principles and techniques. Design Drawing is a comprehensive introduction to drawing and more-its innovative book-plus-CD-ROM package sheds new light on the relationship between perception, drawing, and design. In his distinctive graphic style, Ching takes us on an exciting journey through the process of creation. He unmasks the basic cognitive processes that drive visual perception and expression, incorporating observation, memory, and rendering into a creative whole. But the author sees drawing "not only as artistic expression but also as a practical tool for formulating and working through design problems," showing us how to apply "visual thinking" as a versatile tool for approaching design projects. Design Drawing covers the traditional basics of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. Different types of artistic conventions such as multiview, paraline, and perspective drawings are also lucidly explained. The final section, "Drawing from the Imagination," fuels the creative spirit to find its own direction. Throughout the book you'll find over a 1,500 hand-rendered drawings and exercises which reinforce the concepts and lessons of each chapter. The supplemental CD-ROM is packed with brilliant gems of information and instruction, elucidating a broad range of design drawing concepts through the communicative power of animation, video, and three-dimensional models. Intended for use with the book or as a stand-alone supplement, the CD-ROM includes 25 interactive lessons which demonstrate concepts and techniques in a way that a 2-D book format cannot. For example, the CD-ROM contains video of the author demonstrating freehand techniques in a step-by-step manner, as well as the author's voice throughout the CD-ROM explaining the various lessons. For professional architects, designers, fine artists, illustrators, teachers and students alike, this all-in-one package is both an effective tool and an outstanding value.
- DK Art School: An Introduction to Art Techniques
by DK Publishing
A comprehensive guide for the enthusiastic beginner and the experienced artist alike, An Introduction to Art Techniques embraces seven basic elements of art technique in one comprehensive volume. The subjects included are Drawing, Perspective, Watercolor, Pastels, Oil Painting, Acrylics, and Mixed Media. Easy--to--follow projects ---- from drawing natural forms to creating a photo collage ---- teach you all the essentials of each subject and inspire you to go on to master more complex techniques. Close--up, step--by--step photographs show artworks being created before your eyes, revealing the secrets of how professional artists produce their work. Art Techniques offers the widest choice of specific subjects ---- from mixing watercolors to block printmaking, from tonal drawing to oil painting in layers. You will find clear, authoritative text written by artists who specialize in each particular medium.
- Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Castles and Cathedrals, Skyscrapers and Bridges, and So Much More...
by Lee J. Ames
From the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal -- 50 man-made and natural structures from around the world are drawn here.
- Great Artists: The Lives of 50 Painters Explored Through Their Work
by Robert Cumming
A benchmark for intelligent, engaging nonfiction, this superbly designed book is written and illustrated with a lushness that takes the breath away. Robert Cumming is chairman of Christie's education department: he knows his art history. But he also knows how to seduce you with the sheer beauty of the material, and the well-placed pointer to telling details. Fifty double-page spreads cover artists from da Vinci and Rubens to Monet, Picasso, and Pollock. Each spread is a concentrated master-class on the life, the style, and the influence. Check out the luminous full-color reproductions of "Bacchus" and "The Conversion of St. Paul," then read the opening sentence above them--"One of the few great artists to have a criminal record, Caravaggio was violent, loutish, and frequently under arrest"--and see if you can resist the temptation to read on. Great Artists is a dream of a book that adults and their older children will fight over. (Ages 12 to adult) --Richard Farr
- History of Art for Young People
by H. W. Janson, Anthony F. Janson (Contributor)
- Holly Bloom's Garden
by Nancy Parent, Sarah Ashman, Lori Mitchell (Illustrator)
The luminous garden scenes and playful language in this tale of late-blooming self-discovery tell the story of Holly Bloom, a girl who wants nothing more than to be a great gardener, but simply doesn’t seem to have the knack. Despite suggestions and support from her green-thumbed mom and siblings, Holly just can't get her garden to bloom. She waters and fertilizes and uses all the right gardening tools, but her daffodils don't grow and her daisies keep drooping. Armed with a positive attitude and unwavering perseverance, Holly finally realizes that she does not need to grow flowers with soil and seeds to be a success. Inspired by her artistic father, she taps into her natural creative abilities and surprises everyone by growing her own unique garden—from paper, paste, pipe cleaners, and paint!
by Peter H. Reynolds
Drawing is what Ramon does. It's what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable that getting things just "right."
Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care in this companion to The Dot.
- Katie and the Mona Lisa
by James Mayhew (Illustrator)
- Katie and the Sunflowers
by James Mayhew
- Katie Meets the Impressionists
by James Mayhew
- Kids Around the World CREATE!
by Arlette Braman
- Kids' Crazy Art Concoctions: 50 Mysterious Mixtures for Art & Craft Fun
by Jill Frankel Hauser, Loretta Trezzo Braren (Illustrator)
Provides instructions for making a variety of artistic concoctions involving water color cakes, soap paint, crazy dough, pastes, papers, and earthworks.
- Kids Create! : Art & Craft Experiences for 3- To 9-Year-Olds
by Laurie Carlson, Loretta T. Braren (Illustrator)
- Looking at Pictures : An Introduction to Art for Young People
by Joy Richardson, Charlotte Voake (Illustrator)
- Marguerite Makes a Book
by Bruce Robertson, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
Paris in the 1400s. A young girl named Marguerite delights in assisting her father, Jacques, in his craft: illuminating manuscripts for the nobility of France. His current commission is a splendid book of hours for his patron, Lady Isabelle, but will he be able to finish it in time for Lady Isabelle's name day? In this richly illustrated tale, Marguerite comes to her father's aid. She journeys all over Paris buying goose feathers for quills, eggs for mixing paints, dried plants and ground minerals for pigments. Then she expertly finishes the illumination of Lady Isabelle's book, to the delight of her father and his patron.
- Masterpieces Up Close: Western Painting from the 14th to 20th Centuries
by Claire d'Harcourt
Masterpieces Up Close will send readers on a journey through the world's most famous paintings from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They will see some familiar faces, like Leonardo's Mona Lisa and Warhol's Marilyn, and meet some that may be new to them, like the princess in Vel zquez's Las Meninas and the mysterious little girl in Rembrandt's Night Watch.
Full-color reproductions of over 20 paintings provide the perfect hunting ground for over a hundred details. Lift-the-flap keys at the end of the book provide the answers. Informative text helps children learn why these paintings have intrigued us for centuries and discover just what makes each work a masterpiece.
- Mini Masters Boxed Set
by Julie Merberg, Suzanne Bober
Four beautiful board books from the best-selling Mini Masters series, all packed in a colorful box. The set includes: Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse, and In the Garden with Van Gogh.
- Museum ABC: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum ABC is a unique and colorful picture book that uses the alphabet to introduce children to more than a hundred works of art. A full spread is devoted to each letter of the alphabet and four pictures of the object represented. This simple presentation scheme allows readers to see how objects can be both the same and different in the eyes of various artists, cultures, and time periods. Children will be fascinated to discover that boats, roses, trees, or even windows can be so different from one another and from those they see every day. Adults will love the visual and cultural richness of this alphabetical tour through the Metropolitan Museum's collection. A fact section at the end of the book provides more details about each piece of art and its creator.
- National Gallery of Art : Activity Book
by Maura A Clarkin
An innovative, fun approach to art education. Introducing young readers to more than 40 masterpieces of painting and sculpture in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., this books offers 25 "adventures" which help children understand the elements of art. Following each adventure is a creative art-making activity.
- Petit Connoisseur: Art
by Karen Salmansohn, Brian Stauffer (Illustrator)
- Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces
by Sister Wendy Beckett
This handsome tome is packed to the gills with paintings, and while readers might disagree with any of Sister Wendy Beckett's choices (that's half the fun, perhaps), there are still hundreds of unforgettable works of art that nearly any reader can appreciate. Most of the pictures, even those that seem unprepossessing at first glance, are made riveting by Sister Wendy's quirky, personal narratives, in which the simplest of images is suddenly rendered a dramatic focal point. A perfectly ordinary Dutch scene by Hendrick Avercamp--Frozen River, 1620--shows people going about their business on a lively patch of ice where children play hockey and adults chat and work. Sister Wendy seizes on a fishing hole cut into the ice through which a circle of cold, black water is apparent. "The hole that has been cut in the ice can frighten us when our eye falls into it, and this is the only hint of the inherent danger of the scene," she writes ominously. In Anthony Van Dyck's magnificent portrait of Charles I of England, she observes of his regal hauteur, "In hindsight we can see the tragedy: that a man so remote from common humanity, so superb in his conceit, must be heading for a fall."
There are bound to be some infelicitous matches in a book that is arranged alphabetically, such as the pages shared by Robert Mangold's hot, geometric Four Color Frame Painting No. 1, 1983, and Andrea Mantegna's profoundly reverent Dead Christ, 1480. And Rosalba Carriera's portraits look decidedly meretricious across from those of the masterful Mary Cassatt. But all in all, this is a page-turner with brief captions that offer guidance to any reader in search of the telling note that draws one to a work of art, whatever its era, style, size, or subject. --Martha Hardin
- Sister Wendy's Story of Painting
Sister Wendy Beckett
For those who've enjoyed the original, the good news is that the new edition of The Story of Painting has grown by more than 300 pages of photographs--magnified close-ups of details from nearly half the 450 paintings in the book. Fauvist paint strokes become mighty slabs; sparkling light on a Dutch still life is revealed as a series of tiny dots; the cheeks of a young man in an Italian Renaissance portrait betray a touch of five o'clock shadow. This kind of close looking is seductive, and it's an important part of Sister Wendy's direct, unpretentious approach to art. As a history of painting, Sister Wendy's book has its strong points (works with religious or spiritual themes and those that lend themselves to psychological interpretation) as well as its lapses (a very skimpy discussion of Cubism and inadequate treatment of works from the late 20th century). Even the title is a bit of a misnomer. The painting in question is purely Western; there is nothing here about Indian or Persian miniatures, or the great tradition of Chinese landscapes.But what Sister Wendy alone offers are vivid, personal interpretations that come from a deep well of emotional sympathy with works of art. Who else would notice the way the bagpiper in The Wedding Feast by Pieter Breughel "stares at the porridge with the longing of the truly hungry"? Who else would point out how Venus--the "older woman" pleading with "virile" Adonis not to go off to war in Titian's "Venus and Adonis"--shows us "her superb back and buttocks, beguilingly rounded, full of promise." Rather than portraying Western art as the dutiful production of "masterpieces," she revels in the physicality of paint and the variety of human experience these works represent. --Cathy Curtis
- Squeaking of Art: The Mice Go to the Museum
by Monica Wellington (Illustrator)
Brilliant in color, conception, and execution, Squeaking of Art brings the subject of art to the youngest readers. In this truly child-oriented guide to art appreciation, ten mice pals visit a museum filled with some of the world's most famous paintings and talk about what they see. Each gallery in the fantasy museum groups paintings by subject, such as pets or music, or by category, such as portraits or landscapes. From Matisses to Mondrians, van Goghs to Vermeers, there are versions of eighty-five paintings from all eras painted in Wellington's bright and graphic style. Written in a simple yet exuberant way, questions and comments pepper the text and invite children to participate. Part child's-eye view of a museum and part ode to the inspirational power of great masterpieces, this extraordinary picture book lays the foundation for a lifelong love of art by showing how much fun visiting an art museum can be.
- Usborne Complete Book of Calligraphy
by Chris Lyon, Paul Sullivan (Illustrator)
How do you hold a calligraphy pen? What is an uncial? How do you stencil lettering onto a T-shirt or a plate? The answers to these questions and much, much more are included in this fascinating book. All the essential techniques are explained in detail, allowing for the creation of stunning pieces of calligraphy and fantastic gifts. Whether you are a beginner wanting to learn basic skills or an experienced calligrapher searching for imaginative ideas, this book is an ideal guide to all aspects of this beautiful art.
- Wings of an Artist : Children's Book Illustrators Talk About Their Art
by Barbara Kiefer
More than 20 celebrated children's book illustrators offer their thoughts about art and the creative muse that inspires them. Here such noted illustrators as Leo and Diane Dillon, Maira Kalman, James Ransome, Robert Sabuda, and Maurice Sendak tell-in compelling narratives and original artwork-what it was that drove them to become artists or what art means to them. The result is both an outstanding collection for art lovers of all ages and a wellspring of inspiration for tomorrow's young artists.
- You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
by Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator), Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, Ellery Queen (Editor), Robin Preiss Glasser
While she's in the Metropolitan Museum with her grandmother, a little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside. But its string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an uproarious journey through New York City. With an ever-increasing cast of wacky urban characters in tow, it soars past a host of landmarks. Eighteen famous paintings and sculptures are reproduced in this delightful, wordless book that explores the magical relationship between art and life.
- You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts
by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator), Robin Preiss-Glasser (Illustrator)
Life parallels art in this madcap romp through the historical environs of Boston and the renowned Museum of Fine Arts. This irresistible companion to You Can't Take a Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum and You Can't Take a Balloon Into The National Gallery begins when a little girl visits the museum's treasures and her balloon gets loose. Floating past Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Trinity Church, and other landmarks, the balloon's adventures seem to mirror the paintings and sculpture the girl is admiring. Thirty-three past and present legends of Boston (such as Louisa May Alcott, Bill Russell, and Ted Williams) are hidden within the illustrations, and their bios are included. You Can't Take a Balloon Into The Museum of Fine Arts is once again "an introduction to art, a dandy puzzle, and an imaginative guide."
- You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery
by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)