An Eye for Art

An Eye for Art
An Eye for Art

An Eye for Art

Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work


180 Pages, 9 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $24.99 (CA $33.99) (US $24.99)

ISBN 9781613748978

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2013)


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Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of full-color images, this family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing. This treasure trove of artwork from the National Gallery of Art includes, among others, works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Chuck Close, Jacob Lawrence, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder, representing a wide range of artistic styles and techniques. Written by museum educators with decades of hands-on experience in both art-making activities and making art relatable to children, the activities include sculpting a clay figure inspired by Edgar Degas; drawing an object from touch alone, inspired by Joan Miro’s experience as an art student; painting a double-sided portrait with one side reflecting physical traits and the other side personality traits, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de' Benci; and creating a story based on a Mary Cassatt painting. Educators, homeschoolers, and families alike will find their creativity sparked by this art extravaganza.


"Ingenious and wonderfully inviting, this is a well-conceived and beautifully produced compilation of brief biographies and selective insights into the lives and works of over 40 artists" and "Consider this a must-have art resource for all ages." —Kirkus Reviews

"This fine resource allows readers to develop an understanding and appreciation of fine art. It should have broad appeal for general audiences." —School Library Journal

"Intelligent, well researched, and clearly written, the commentary is intended for teens or adults working with children. A pleasure for art-minded browsers." —Booklist

"Designed to introduce children (ages 7 and older) to more than 50 prominent artists, the book is equally fascinating for adults." —Educational Leadership

"Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout...Ideal for home schooling and traditional art class curriculums, An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work is highly recommended for both school and community library collections." —Midwest Book Review 

"This is an excellent introduction to art to be enjoyed by students, families, and educators." —Library Media Connection

Author Biography

The National Gallery of Art maintains one of the world's most renowned collections of American and European masterpieces from the 13th century to the present. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, decorative arts, and new media arts. It is located in Washington, DC.