Discovering Women Artists for Children

Discovering Women Artists for Children

by Jennifer Tarr Coyne
     
 

COME LOOK WITH ME: DISCOVERING WOMEN ARTISTS FOR CHILDREN introduces children to twelve magnificent works of art. Children will share the excitement of Sofonisba Anguissola and her sisters; and feel their determination as they play in "The Chess Player." They will relax with Mary Cassatt in "The Tea Party," looking at how women lived, and ask questions about

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COME LOOK WITH ME: DISCOVERING WOMEN ARTISTS FOR CHILDREN introduces children to twelve magnificent works of art. Children will share the excitement of Sofonisba Anguissola and her sisters; and feel their determination as they play in "The Chess Player." They will relax with Mary Cassatt in "The Tea Party," looking at how women lived, and ask questions about the roles women take. Children will also have fun examining their own faces and dress with Frieda Kahlo’s "Self Portrait With Monkey."

In this study of women artists, children will become familiar with painters who are often forgotten in art history books because of their gender. All these works are striking images, created by women who would not let society’s gender biases deter their love of art and their creativity, and who, today, can be accepted as equals. From the medieval realism in Artemesia Gentileschi’s "Lute Player," to the Impressionism of Berthe Morisot’s "The Coiffure," children can explore what differences there are in a woman’s way of painting and what they see. They can end up softly with Grandma Moses’ "Sugaring Off," or they can tease out the story in Faith Ringgold’s "Love in the School Yard."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lickle Publishing adds two titles to its Come Look with Me series: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling Jr., and Discovering Women Artists for Children by Jennifer Tarr Coyne. After a brief suggestion of "How to use this book," each of the dozen works appears with several questions as discussion starters, a brief biography of the artist and some background on the painting's theme. In the first title, accessible subjects such as Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Banjo Lesson (1893), Jacob Lawrence's Brownstones (1958) and Sarah Albritton's more recent The Swimming Hole (1993) allow readers to easily recognize art's timeless appeal. In the second book, paintings by Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Mary Cassatt similarly demonstrate the range of human experience. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-Accessible introductions to the art of two groups often overlooked in anthologies. The authors, both art educators, have clearly drawn on their experience with children in choosing their images (many of which portray young people) and preparing their texts. Twelve pieces per volume are reproduced in full color and accompanied by descriptive information; the facing page contains several questions designed to engage young viewers and an adult in conversation as well as a few paragraphs of background. Coyne's selections range from a familial portrait by Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola to Berthe Morisot's impressionistic indoor scene to a contemporary sculpture by Louise Nevelson. Rolling's artists, pulled from the 19th and 20th centuries, include the lesser-known Palmer Hayden and Clementine Hunter as well as the more familiar Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence. While both authors explain artistic content, Rolling's lengthier entries emphasize social history. Coyne's concise descriptions offer more on form, and her questions invite readers to make personal connections to the pieces. Both titles conclude with exhortations to revisit the pages and to "Keep looking." These volumes address the racial and gender gap in juvenile art-history collections. They also pave the way for Tonya Bolden's more in-depth Wake Up Our Souls (Abrams, 2004) and titles about female artists. Welcome additions.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890674083
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Series:
Come Look with Me Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.18(w) x 10.09(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Tarr Coyne is a teacher at The School at Columbia University in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Harvard University and before teaching worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She loves to inspire children to find stories and meaning in paintings. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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