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My Art Book

Lock, Deborah (Editor)
DK 2011. 80 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9780756675820 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 702.8
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This do-it-yourself guide to art projects covers a wide range of styles, media and cultures from Lascaux cave paintings to African masks, the pastels of Degas to the pop art of Andy Warhol. This comprehensive reference also includes classical western cannon artists like Cezanne and Kandinsky, as well as influences from around the world, including Inuit spirit art. With a playful approach of jumping in and testing things out, 14 styles are introduced on two-page spreads, followed by simple art projects to try.

Layouts are busy but well organized, with boxes in squiggly-lined black frames delineating instructions and facts. Decorative top borders and the numbered instructions coordinate with each style. Materials needed are clearly laid out, followed by step-by-step instructions on how to make your own piece based on each artistic medium.

Language is clear and straightforward, giving a good overview of the history of the periods and artists for example: “Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910) painted wild animals in the jungle. But he never saw a jungle – he just used familiar plants and made them bigger.” Titles like “Fantastic Faces” or “Swishes and Swirls” are catchy and appealing. Creative projects using chalk paint or fruits and vegetables, and sometimes working to music, are sure to inspire.

A great resource for budding artists to expand skills and knowledge.

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    Browse the book and notice the structures and features. Discuss your favourite masterpieces.

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    Choose a project to try. Collect the necessary equipment and supplies. Follow the instructions. Afterward, reflect on whether the project was easier or harder than expected. What advice would you give to someone else who wanted to try the same project?

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    Write a story or poem to accompany your (or a classmate’s) work of art. Display the writing and art together at a class vernissage.

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    Use the art studio and equipment labels from the book to create English labels for the art cupboard of your classroom or school.

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    Create one of the projects by following the instructions. Notice what you or others do when there is a word you don’t understand.

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    Note how the instructions are presented in the book. Choose any art piece and write instructions (with check-off boxes) for a craft project related to it. Exchange sheets with a partner and follow each other’s instructions. Afterward, discuss their accuracy and adequacy. Adjust as needed to create a new page for the book.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Visual Arts