Saturday, July 9, 2011

Book recommendation: art

In the midst of my scavenging for great texts for next year, I came upon Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters. Categorized by experience level, art technique, planning and preparation, and artist style, this book has 110 unique art activities for kids aged 4-12 based on great masters from the Renaissance to the present. Studying Van Gogh, for example, kids can try his impasto technique, or make a "starry night" using concentric dotted circles as he did. (We did a little of this last year when we made a fresco for Michelangelo or painted lying on our backs.) Should have some great ideas for this year!

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