Blog Tour: A Child’s Introduction to Art by Heather Alexander

Posted June 2, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: A Child’s Introduction to Art by Heather AlexanderA Child's Introduction to Art: The World's Greatest Paintings and Sculptures by Heather Alexander
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers on May 20, 2014
Genres: Children's, Educational
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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The newest volume in Black Dog's best-selling, award-winning Child's Introduction series explores the fascinating world of art and artists and includes do-it-yourself art projects throughout.

In the tradition of Black Dog's best-selling Child's Introduction books, which include The Story of the Orchestra and A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky, A Child's Introduction to Art introduces kids ages 9 through 12 to the art world's most famous painters, styles, and periods, all brought to life through full-color photographs of 40 masterpieces, as well as charming original illustrations.

The book highlights 40 painters and sculptors, including Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Diego Velasquez, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol, providing information on their life, inspirations, influences, technique, and a full-color photo of one of their signature works of art. It also includes an overview of various styles and periods (Renaissance, Impressionism, Cubism, etc.), instruction on how to view and appreciate art, and information on the color wheel and other tools artists employ.

Fun art projects throughout, such as Can You Find It?, Q-tip pointillism, making a stained-glass window with tissue paper, and Spatter Paint like Pollock, allow kids to learn about painting techniques and explore their own artistic abilities. Also includes five masterpiece paintings to color.

Meredith Hamilton's witty illustrations add another dimension to the excellent text and photographs.

bookreviewI read this book with my almost 5 and 10 year old.  The oldest loved learning about artists he never knew about.  My youngest was a little bored by it, but she loved the illustrations.  She kept showing me the different pictures and which ones she liked.

Each artist, and their works, were explained in a way that my children could understand.  The book also features certain artistic styles that children can do.  The projects are easy, and you can find most things around your house.  The directions on the projects are very easy to follow.  I know my kids had a blast doing the ones we selected.

With it’s easy wording, interesting facts, and fun projects A Child’s Introduction to Art is sure to please the young art lovers in your family.  My kids were definitely intrigued by it all.

Here are a few of the projects we worked on while reading.
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

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I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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