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Get Into Art Animals

Brooks, Susie (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Get Into Art
ISBN: 9780753470589 (hardcover)
9780753472170 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 700
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Degas’ horses, Matisse’s snail, and the cobalt dragons of Chinese ceramics are some of the many artworks featured in this excellent book about visual arts, techniques and the renowned artists who created them. The language discusses gorgeous large reproductions in terms that will interest young readers. They’ll learn that Alexander Calder invented the mobile: “His first one had a motor, but he soon realized that hanging shapes would move on their own.” They’ll learn some roots of Joan Miró’s Surrealism: “[he] said that hunger made him hallucinate, or see things that weren’t really there.”

Flip-out pages offer art projects that will engage children in the process behind each artwork—a great way to connect them with the art, as well as their own creativity. The M.C. Escher spread has a template “for an Escher-style Fish Squish.” Simple cut-out stencils are used to make Warhol-style prints.

Whether it’s the Thunderbird atop Ellen Neel’s totem pole or Sir Edwin Landseer’s worried dog, children are sure to find an animal that captures their artistic imagination in this informative and inventive book. Back material provides an art glossary, the colour wheel and a list of materials needed for each project.

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    Choose a piece of art from the book and read about the artist. Write a piece that explains what might have happened before the picture, or what will possibly happen after.

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    Research the life of one of the artists. Create a portrait of that artist (in his/her own style), and write about him/her underneath. Hang up the finished pieces for an art gallery showing. Invite other classes to attend.

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    Use the illustrations in the book as a springboard for poetry writing. The poems could describe the picture or the artist.

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    Scan through the art words at the end of the book. How many are cognates (similar in French and in English)?

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    Contemplate the different art pieces. Discuss which ones you prefer and why. 

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    Find other animal paintings that you like. Write a short biography of the artist and add in short captions for some of his/her works of art. Hold an art exhibition. 

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Visual Arts