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 (US $24.99) (CA $33.99)

ISBN 9781613748978

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2013)


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Introduce children ages 7 and up to more than 50 great artists and their work with this lively family-oriented art resource. This treasure trove from the National Gallery of Art features works of art by, among others, Raphael, Rembrandt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Chuck Close, Jacob Lawrence, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder, representing a wide array of artistic styles and techniques. Each chapter is focused on a theme ranging from studying nature and observing everyday life to breaking traditions and telling stories and includes works from a broad spectrum of artists, art mediums, nationalities, and time periods. Forty fun activities throughout will inspire the artist and art appreciator in every child. Written by museum educators with decades of hands-on experience helping children connect with art and the lives of artists, the projects include molding a clay figure inspired by Edgar Degas’s sculptures; drawing an object from touch alone, inspired by Joan Miró’s experience as an art student; painting a double-sided portrait reflecting physical traits and 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 beautiful gathering of art and information from the nation’s stellar collection.


"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.