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I have to admit, when I first opened this book I thought…okay.. what
kind of a weird little art book is this? So I read it through, and then
read it again because it intrigued in it’s in weirdness. It’s weirdness turned into a quirky way of presenting different forms of
art and ended up really intriguing
me. I think it will intrigue you too.
You might be asking, what makes this book quirky?
Well, it’s done
in a comic book format, it’s a lovely hardcover book with great colour
throughout from front to back. The characters are a tad unusual, but
they all have a great attitude and they all work with each other.
puts on an art show for his friends. He is the collector and curator
of the art museum, who wants to share his art collection with his
friends. He leads them on a marvelous adventure and they all learn
Imagine if you could go to an art museum where you actually have to
experience the art yourself.. like crawling through a tunnel to get to a
Japanese tea room? What if you learned how fascinating the colour blue
was and how hard it was to prefect it?
Could you see a urinal as
a piece of art? Find it interesting to learn why ultramarine was used
so often in pictures of the Madonna? What about seeing the shadows or
spaces of objects as the intrigue of artists? I learned so much from
this book, it was very neat.
At the close of the book, images of
the actual art used and where they are found is depicted. Some of the
pieces were quite interesting, some more so after the reasoning behind
them was given.
It was so interesting to learn more about the different forms that art
can take and some of the history and thought that go on behind them.
There is more to art than what you can just see.
I do have to tell you that I used this book with my art class….and they were delighted. This book really resonated with my art students. Check out the art project they came up. 🙂
They started with circles and exploring that space, then someone got the bright idea of exploring what they can do with their hands, and then …what if we mixed colours together and swirled them around, and what if we drop lids upside and … it kinda went on and on from there. It was a great finish off for our art class as the students had learned to work together and feed off each others ideas.
Catherine Ingram and Jim Stoten
Published by: Laurence King
Size: 10.1 x 12.06 ·
Ages 7 and up
Reviewed For: Raincoast Books.
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