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Look!: Really Smart Art

Wolfe, Gillian (Author)
Quarto 2013. 48 pages
First published: 2010
ISBN: 9781847804143 (paperback)
9781847800107 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 702.8
Book type: Non-Fiction

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Sixteen very different artists’ works are featured in this fun and useful book that offers children a great many ways to consider artistic expression. Works by artists such as M. C. Escher, Dali and Jackson Pollock provide the focus for spreads on technique, meaning, visual effect and form. In every chapter there is a related art project to try.

The language and structure of the book are well designed for young readers. Each chapter offers a tight focus on a practical aspect of the featured art. The chapter “Look—getting under the skin” discusses an “x-ray style” painting of a crocodile by Australian artist Yirawala: “Follow its long, curving backbone with your finger and see how patterns decorate the spaces between the bones.” In the chapter “Look—recycled for art,” American artist Alfonso Ossorio’s process inspires a project: “Collect all sorts of interesting bits and pieces. Lay them out on a tray, ready to glue on your own artwork.”

The table of contents and index provide quick entry into this fairly lengthy book, which may be used on a chapter-by-chapter basis for projects and discussion. Back material includes thumbnails of all works depicted, with brief bios of the artists.

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    Before reading, examine the endpapers. What do you notice about the fonts? What is the connection between the words?

  •  Choose one of the concepts. Use teacher-selected resources to find other examples of artwork that use the same techniques.
  •  Choose your favourite concept and accompanying activity. Present the technique to your classmates and try the activity together.
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    Look at the endpapers. Find different ways to organize the words. Explain how you did it.

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    Choose a favourite piece of art from the book. Discuss how it speaks to you. Use teacher-selected resources to find other examples of this artist’s work. Are other concepts used or is it the same one throughout the artist’s career?

  •  Choose your favourite concept and accompanying activity. Present the technique to your classmates and try the activity together.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Visual Arts