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The Usborne Book of Art Ideas Hardcover – 26 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (26 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746038291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746038291
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 23.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiona graduated from Exeter University with a B.Ed. (Hons.), specialising in Psychology and Art and Design. After university she worked as a researcher and writer for a company which published educational material for places where children went on school visits (zoos, museums, stately homes etc). Fiona then taught seven, eight and nine year olds for five years; three years at a state school in Sevenoaks in Kent, and two years at The British School in the Netherlands in The Hague.

Fiona joined Usborne Publishing as an assistant editor in 1989, and over the years has been promoted to editor, senior editor, and then managing editor. In 2003, she became an editorial director at Usborne, largely responsible for writing baby and novelty books, and art and activity titles.

Fiona has written over 100 titles for Usborne Publishing including the phenomenally successful 'That's not my...' touchy-feely series. Other titles include large touchy-feely books on topics ranging from princesses to farms; cloth books with touchy-feely patches and flaps; a wide range of step-by-step art and activity books, including 'How to knit'; music books with CDs for babies and toddlers; 'Dolly Dressing' sticker books; Hide-and-Seek lift-the-flap books; bath books; cookery books and snap cards!

She also edits books written by her team of in-house writer/editors, which include step-by-step activity books and a series of young non-fiction, aimed at beginner readers.

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The Usborne Book of Art Ideas is a stunning book packed with page after page of brilliant ideas for working with watercolours, pastels, inks and crayons to give stunning results. From inspirational ideas for use of colour and texture to step-by-step guides on how to develop and manage different techniques, there are over 200 different designs that are easy to create and great to look at.

Basic art materials are explained in detail, with simple text and colourful illustrations, and hints and tips about how to take care of brushes and equipment to get the best out of them for longer.

Explanations of the basic techniques for choosing and mixing colours are explained in a sensible (but never dull) manner, so the reader is well-prepared to move onto the more complex sections where they are encouraged to let their imaginations run riot with colour, shape and materials.

Perfect for any child with an interest in art and painting, this fabulous book is a stylish and colourful way of opening the mind to a wide variation of ideas that children and adults alike will love. Age 10 and over --Susan Harrison


For ideas about how to develop skills The Usborne Book of Art Ideas is a useful and thorough activity book which introduces ideas for creating art in many different ways. Painting, drawing and print making are all included with simple step-by-step practical guidance on how to create your own work. --The Guardian --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.

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Format: Spiral-bound
Bought this as both my boys have shown an interest in painting recently. I saw a copy in ToysRUs. When i ordered this i thought it would be the same size but it was much bigger. Both boys seem keen to try some of the ideas which have very clear instructions. It was delivered really quickly and well packaged. Very happy with purchase.
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This book was what I was looking for and has some great ideas for inspiring crafting ideas for the children and myself!! recommend it :o)
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Exactly what it said on the description, I was happy.
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great book, fast service.
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HASH(0x8b05109c) out of 5 stars must have for elementary teachers, parents and creative kids 23 Sept. 2000
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This colorful art book, is full of great ideas for elementary aged children. The projects are easy to read and recreate. The color images are inviting. The art images serve as inspriation for young artists. As an elementary teacher I plan to use this book full of easy and creative art ideas as my school years art curriculum. I am so excited to have such a wonderful children's art resource book.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c677f98) out of 5 stars One of the best art books for children( older children too) 12 May 2002
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Format: Hardcover
This book has so many terrific, easy to follow, and imaginative ideas. The eye popping illustrations help as a visual aid to see what the end result may look like.I use many of the ideas for teaching middle school students as well as elementary. A must have for any art teacher.
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HASH(0x8b1a5dbc) out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource! 17 Oct. 2001
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Like all the Usborne books, this book is a great tool for learning. As an elementary teacher, I bought this book just to have as a handy reference. I have also used it with my kids at home, and it is everything I learned in a semester of college art class all rolled up into this handy children's book. With all my experience with Usborne books, I just can't get enough of them. For more information on Usborne books, visit ...
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HASH(0x8b50b564) out of 5 stars Art Ideas an excellent reference for young artists 12 Dec. 2011
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Art Ideas by Usborne is an excellent reference book to help with technique and composition in a variety of media. It's helped me with media products, color and design ideas as well as insight on areas I need help on. The book would be understood if given to a grade school student as well.
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this is a great book! love the ideas and illustrated instructions to try new art/painting methods.
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