Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Startby Bob Raczka
When famous artists were kids, did they paint like artists? Or did they paint like kids? Find out for yourself in the pages of this book by art lover Bob Raczka. You'll see some of the first works ever done by seven well-known artists. You'll also learn plenty of fascinating facts about the artists' childhoods. You'll even see some of their later works, which show
When famous artists were kids, did they paint like artists? Or did they paint like kids? Find out for yourself in the pages of this book by art lover Bob Raczka. You'll see some of the first works ever done by seven well-known artists. You'll also learn plenty of fascinating facts about the artists' childhoods. You'll even see some of their later works, which show how their styles changed over time. Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Artemisia Gentileschi, John Singer Sargent, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali all grew up to have their own unique styles. But when they were kids, they all had one thing in common: they loved to make art.
This newest in the ever-appealing Bob Raczka's Art Adventures series focuses readers' attention on the early work of seven well-known artists, six men (Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo, John Singer Sargent, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí) and one woman (Artemesia Gentileschi). The book evolved when the author saw an early equestrian painting by the then–eight-year-old Picasso and his interest was piqued. He researched and found "juvenile" work by as many artists as he could, and the result is this lively compilation. Each of the artists' four-page profiles begins with a brief, kid-friendly biography of the artist and an image of that artist. This is followed by a work created by the artist in their childhood or young adulthood and then well-selected, interestingly captioned, representative images drawn from the mature artist's oeuvre. The author clearly enjoys introducing and decoding "high" art to kids; he encourages his young readers to "make sure your parents save a few of your favorite art projects. Who knows, maybe you'll grow up to be a famous artist!" The whole package is intriguing, pleasing and inviting. (Nonfiction. 8-11)
Meet the Author
Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to drawespecially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.
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