Fine Art Adventures

Fine Art Adventures
Fine Art Adventures

Fine Art Adventures

36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces
By Maja Pitamic, By Jill Laidlaw

Art Adventures

JUVENILE NONFICTION

144 Pages, 8.75 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99)

ISBN 9780912777047

Rights: US

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2017)

Price: $19.99
 
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Overview

Classic masterpieces are bold, fascinating, and sometimes shocking—in other words, perfect for creative children who love to be inspired. Fine Art Adventures introduces young artists, ages 6 and up, to key masterpieces and interesting techniques, then lets them loose. Children will: create a Pointillist artwork with paints and a toothbrush, work with plaster to recreate a cave painting, use cardboard and coat hangers to design a mobile sculpture, build a dramatic jungle scene inside an old shoebox, and many more engaging, hands-on projects.Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw also explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known classic masterpieces from art history as inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. No prior knowledge of art is required—just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.

Reviews

"The projects are well-targeted to the target audience and their transformative nature...smartly emphasizes how inspiration can take an artist down surprising paths." —Publishers Weekly

"These activities aim to bring adults and children together using art as a conversation starter, followed by encouraging quality time and skill building with a project."—School Library Journal

"The projects cover a wide range of media. . . with a variety of difficulty levels, always encouraging and expanding the child's natural creative abilities."—Midwest Book Review

"Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces is definitely a masterpiece of its own."—The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

"Attractively designed with nicely reproduced art. . ."—Booklist

"…the genius of this book is that each activity — designed for the skills of children aged between six and eight — extends logically from the original artwork, no matter what its medium, providing refreshing insights about painters and painting."—Staff Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Author Biography

Maja Pitamic is the coauthor of Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures. She has over 20 years' experience teaching young children, and holds degrees in art history and Montessori teacher training. Jill Laidlaw has been writing and editing children's and adult nonfiction since 1990, including Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures. She has a degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews.

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Bold and experimental art activities and for children who love to draw outside of the lines Modern Art Adventures introduces young artists to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose to create their own works of art. Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known works of modern art—including Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Small Monkey, Edvard Munch's The Scream, Jackson Pollock's Lavender Mist, and Banksy's Flower—giving readers inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. Children create two artworks based on the techniques and visual effects of the each featured piece of art and the projects cover a wide range of media, from tissue paper mosaics to stencils to comic cut-outs, with a variety of difficulty levels, always encouraging and expanding the child's natural creative abilities. No prior knowledge of modern art is required, just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.
Three-Dimensional Art Adventures
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By Maja Pitamic, By Jill Laidlaw
Price 19.99

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Published Sep 2016

Three-dimensional art is bold, tactile, and fun—in other words, perfect for children who love to get their hands dirty. Three-Dimensional Art Adventures introduces young artists to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose. Each chapter covers a movement or category of three-dimensional art: Early Sculpture, Modern Sculpture, Installation, Ceramics, Collage, and Textiles. Projects begin with a story of a famous work—Louise Bourgeois's Maman, Claes Oldenburg's Trowel, Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles—followed by a question-and-answer section. Then it's time to hit the brushes, or charcoal, or scissors. The projects cover a wide range of media, from themed collages to clay sculptures to Cubist-inspired tapestries, with a variety of difficulty levels, always encouraging and expanding the child's natural creative abilities.