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Think and Make Like an Artist: Art activities for creative kids! Paperback – 13 Apr 2017
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"Aspiring young artists looking for creative inspiration will be well served by this engaging book of lively art projects. All the projects featured are bright, colorful, and a little zany and none require advanced artistic skills. "
An inspiring introduction to the concept of art as a vehicle to comment on or question the world... Tackling painting, sculpture, paper craft, photography, and more, this art-related activity book asks readers to respond to the world around them by creating. The instructions leave room for experimentation, and suggested materials are easy to find, often incorporating everyday household objects. Great for teachers, libraries, and budding makers looking for fresh and colorful hands-on activities.
About the Author
Claudia Boldt is a co-creator and publisher of The Loop, a quarterly magazine for children. She is an illustrator and cofounder of Bolt Editions, a publishing house based in East London.
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However, I do make exceptions. This book is great, and I don’t say this lightly. It not only inspires in a quietly clever way, but it also imparts the philosophy behind the idea of art, references current contemporary award-winning artists, (who are currently exhibiting round the world), and explores a multitude of different form including photography, sculpture, and costume.
But most of all, the ideas for activities are doable (mainly with materials we already have at home), and fun.
My favourite pages are definitely those in which the authors break down in a step-by-step explanation the meaning behind each artistry - such as sculpture for example. ‘Why Make Sculptures?’ they ask, and then proceed to illustrate and explain in text what sculpture is for. Each form is treated to this questioning - and the answers are both illuminating and yet incredibly simple.
For the section 'illustrate', we learn that illustrations show and tell people something quite quickly, but the illustrator needs to grab attention, use surprise perhaps. We had great fun creating a space landscape on a piece of black card with different fruits to illustrate our intention, (take note of our banana rocket, strawberry shooting star, and planet Earth). The process also gave us an understanding of what it means to collaborate on a piece of art.
Each activity in the book is photographed and described step-by-step, making it easy to follow - and there is a list of necessities at the top, so that you know what you need before you start.
The example given in the 'collaboration' section was particularly compelling. Staring at the photograph of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘The Obliteration Room’ hurt our eyes after a while, so luckily the children didn’t want to collaborate and replicate it in my house (yet).
There is lots of white space around the very colourful activities, so that the book feels aesthetically pleasing too - and the production is of a high quality - thick pages for plenty of usage. As the authors state at the beginning - the book makes you think about art, then have fun making it. It feels as fresh and modern as the artists it highlights, and provides hours of fun, sparking new ideas along the way. Highly recommended. For more of my thoughts see www Minerva Reads dot com
Each form has it's own section and follows a similar format. For example the painting section begins by asking the question - What is a painting? and a brief history of painting. It then looks at an abstract painting by Cornelia Baltes and takes that as a springboard for the projects that follow. So the things to do are - play with paint (a series of short jumping off activities e.g. paint things with personalities), make objects come alive (giving everyday objects personalities) and abstract art (taking inspiration from nature to create abstract art).
I think what is different about this book is that it isn't just a series of set activities. It's interactive, it wants children to think about why artists do the things they do and then helps them to apply this thinking to their own artwork. It's only 80 pages but it is absolutely packed with information and things to do. There are one or two activities that don't appeal but for the most part I was very impressed. I would advise that if the book gets a Look Inside that you check that out before buying as I don't think the style will appeal to everybody and I do think it's a book where you'll get out of it what you're prepared to put in. I loved it though.
My eleven year old grand daughter is the most likely to persist through this work book, with support. Her seven year old brother will go along particularly with activities that use cardboard boxes, he already loves creating vehicles etc from them. The activities are set out like a recipe really which simplifies preparation. There are soundbites of history, geography, explanations of what seem inexplicable pieces of modern art. A book full of un, decorating household items such as ketchup bottles, collages, simple sculptures... I thought the ice sculpture was silly but it is supposed to concentrate the mind on global warming!
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