Let's Make Some Great Art Paperback – Aug 3 2011
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Marion Deuchars is an illustrator who has worked with major design and advertising agencies worldwide.
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The book's core ideas are inspired by the work of twelve famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, and Leonardo da Vinci. Deuchars gives a brief introduction of each, explaining the type of art each was best known for, and then reveals several projects that relate to that specific claim. Make modern art from squiggles, try your hand at collage, conduct color experiments, re-create Mona Lisa's smile, or try painting Jackson Pollack style with paint and marbles. What will your children be inspired to create?
I like how this book is a cross between a history lesson and fifty art lessons, with a little bonus course on how easy it to use your imagination to come up with great things. I also love how varied the projects are - there is a bit of everything. Make animals from inky fingerprints, create your own color wheel and experiment mixing the colors, draw a shark in the pre-drawn tank, make a mobile from simple geometric shapes, fiddle around with tangrams, or draw circles by hand and compare them to compass drawn circles.
The projects mentioned just barely scratch the surface of what you will have to choose from! At 224 pages, the ideas are not technically "endless" but it sure feels that way. Opening this book for the first time is akin to having a bomb of creativity dropped in your lap. The next time you hear "I'm bored. There's nothing to do." you will have hundreds of suggestions at your fingertips.
I think maybe best of all, this book will help kids realize that it is possible to create great things from very simple ideas. Some of the pages are blank, apart from a single one sentence direction. They might need that little push to get started, but hopefully, this will show them that art is fun to create and there are no boundaries.
Fast-forward to the discovery of this marvelous, well thought-out book by Marion Deuchars that will fill time and fill the minds of adults and children.
From the start, this beautifully packaged book invites casual browsers, parents, and children in to have lots of fun and learn plenty.
The book's greatest appeal is in it's skill to deliver. Like Deuchars' recognizable and highly-regarded artistic style (a significant artist in her own right, I've since learned), this book presents itself as simple, consumable, and accessible, but possesses a depth and quality we benefit from but yet we may not notice. In other words, we almost don't know we're learning stuff because it's so much fun. Here, learning about famous and important artists and art is like getting a big helping of healthy veggies hidden in a meal that kids devour. In the same way we learn to enjoy vegetables as adults, kids have the potential here to appreciate great art.
It also encourages children to be creative in many different ways. I just think that's great and I imagine childhood bedrooms, desks of parents, and the occasional refrigerator will become great galleries because of this book. Nice.
I gave the book to a niece and nephew, but not after spending a lot of time drawn into the pages. The children love it and so does their mother, an elementary school teacher who, I suspect, will take some of the activities to her classroom.
Because I gave it as a gift, I enjoyed browsing the book so much myself that now look forward to giving copies to friends who have children and to an art afficianado/collector I know. Because of her own enthusiasm for great art, I'm certain she'll be excited to share it with her grandchildren. One
This book looks and feels wonderful. Truth is, it's an instant classic. It'll make it's way into the hearts and minds of kids and families. It will create childhood memories and likely be the kind of book parents who had a copy a children will want one for their own kids.
It happens to be raining here today and snowing in the mountains, I can't think of a better companion for kids who are indoors on a day like today.