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Some books inspire you to make an art gallery… and this is one of them…
Recently I attended the PanMacMillan Children’s Presentation for 2013 and I have to say I literally grabbed this book to take a look inside – you know when you are just going to love a book before you even peep inside it!!! Luckily we were given a copy to review, by PanMacmillan South Africa, because I know our readers will love it too!!!
I do feel it necessary to warn you that you may well have to be prepared for an art frenzy if you leave this book lying on your coffee table. It is not a passive book at all… you and your kids will be drawn in to projects and before you know it your pastels and coloured papers will be out and art will just be happening!!!
Se7en + 1 things We LOVED about this book
- We love Learning About Famous Artists: There is a great and wide variety of fabulous famous artists and their work displayed in this book… Some of our favourites like Calder and Escher… and some folk we definitely need to know more about…
- This Book is Inspiring: There is enough about each artist for us to be inspired to go and look up more on a particular artist and you can definitely look forward to more great artist studies in the future. Why have we not studied Miro for example, or Andy Warhol!!!
- We Love the Artwork: Each artist gets a double page spread and most of that is a beautiful artwork to examine. I love that artworks aren’t squashed and squeezed onto the page. But rather at least half the allotted spread is devoted to the artwork. You can really look at it up and close and enjoy the details.
- We Love Quick and Easy Snippets to Read: Each spread has a paragraph to read about the Artist and a paragraph about the artwork or the style of the art. Just enough to read, in easy to read bite-size snippets. This really is a great way to dip into famous artists. And if you are inspired then you can go and look up more about that artist.
- A Variety of Art: This isn’t just a collection of fuddy duddy old artists with the same old style… there are heaps of completely different types of art: drawing, printing, painting, sculpture…
- Each Double Page Spread has a Lift the Flap: My kids love a book that requires them to do something to find more information and find something they did… on each spread on of the pages has a whole half page flap and under the flap… is a fabulous hands on project!!!
- We Love A Great Project: A Relevant project to each of the artworks… easy step by step projects that the hoods could do on their own. The projects use a wide variety of techniques and materials yet nothing that you wouldn’t have in your typical arty corner. Paints, pastels, paper plates, coloured paper… nothing dramatic… but once they got going with their art they were able to produce really dramatic works of art…
- Fabulous Family Resource: I left this book on the coffee table to see who would jump in and read it and be inspired it – apart from me!!! Because I loved it from the get go… just my kind of book. My older kids all leapt straight for the projects and worked backwards… once they found a project that they wanted to do, they settled in and read the material and finally examined the artwork. My middle kids, easy readers, were all drawn to the easy reading… they honestly don’t want to read more than a paragraph… but this was totally doable for them. The youngest hoods loved the artwork and poured over it… the work of these great artists are totally etched on their minds and they will definitely recognise the work in other places further on down the line. We are always looking for books we can learn from as a family – this would make a great project once a week through a school term
And the Se7en + 1th Thing…
So Here is Our Art Gallery
So We have a copy of this book to GiveAway to a lucky reader… Leave a comment and tell us about your favourite Great Artist…
This GiveAway works in the usual way, just leave a quick comment and you have until the close of play on the Sunday 28 April 2013, to enter. We will draw and publish the winner next week and I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.
Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. All our GiveAways are World-Wide – so no excuse – leave a comment and enter away!!!
We want to thank PanMacMillan South Africa for the book that they sent us for review. And we would like to declare that we were not paid to do our reviews, just provided with book. All the opinions and artwork are entirely our own!!!