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Abbeville Kids expands its award-winning series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world. In How Artists See Play children can see how Jacob Lawrence chose bright colors and strong curving lines to convey the speed and energy of Olympic relay racers; how Maxfield Parrish used his imagination to paint a whimsical dragon; how Jean-Baptiste Chardin painted a boy blowing a soap bubble so realistically that it seems you could pop the bubble with your finger; and how Dick West depicted a community of Native Americans enjoying a winter field day. Each volume in the How Artists See series presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll's engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children's natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created. This direct, interactive approach to art-and to the world-promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. As it introduces basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, it also provides loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in the book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artists works can be seen. As they begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, children will deepen their appreciation of art, the world around them, and, most importantly, their own unique visions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780789203939
ISBN-10: 0789203936
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 194mm x 13mm)
Pages: 48
Imprint: Abbeville Kids,US
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Publish Date: 19-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » Unlike much art history - distinguished and scholarly - this examination of playful artworks is anything hut solemn. Carroll chooses works that include elements of human play: toys, sports, and imagination. She then asks questions about the works that encourage viewers to locate the answers by looking, thinking, and doing. For The Discus Thrower, for example, she suggests imitating the athlete's pose, to see which muscles are used. Brief biographies of the artists and facts about the an are thoughtfully included at the end of the book. The numerous reproductions are large and clear, with a range of artists represented (Chagall, Rockwell, Calder, Lawrence, Manet, etc.) as well as a range of styles (Japanese, Egyptian, Native American, and more). A Child's Book of Play in Art (1996) is bigger and bolder, but it is aimed at a slightly younger audience; it looks at art playfully, rather than looking at art about playing. Used together, the books demonstrate the connection between the imagination and art. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Colleen Carroll

Colleen Carroll is an educational consultant for MTV, USA Today, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Black Entertainment Television, CNBC, Channel One, and The Edison Project. She previously taught sixth grade in California and now lives in New York.

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