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


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)

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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.


"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

"With Fine Art Adventures, families, educators, and caregivers can inject some fun into their educational or recreational time."—Arts & Activities magazine 

Author Biography

Maja Pitamic has taught art to young children for nearly 20 years. She is the author of the popular Art Adventure books, Child's Play, and I Can Do It. Jill Laidlaw is the author of several books, including Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, and other works on the history of Western painting and sculpture.