Express Yourself!: Activities and Adventures in Expressionism

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• Interactive introduction to 6 famous artists: Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Vassily Kandinsky,
Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock

• Hands-on approach to understanding great art

• Parents and teachers need Art Explorers—ideal for homeschoolers, too!

The Art Explorers series offers a new approach to art, encouraging kids to interpret what they see in famous artworks, then try the techniques themselves. Express Yourself!: Activities and Adventures in ...

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Overview

• Interactive introduction to 6 famous artists: Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Vassily Kandinsky,
Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock

• Hands-on approach to understanding great art

• Parents and teachers need Art Explorers—ideal for homeschoolers, too!

The Art Explorers series offers a new approach to art, encouraging kids to interpret what they see in famous artworks, then try the techniques themselves. Express Yourself!: Activities and Adventures in Expressionism, the third book in the series, draws children into the compelling, dramatic world of expressionism by highlighting the work of six famous artists. From modern expressionists (Van Gogh, Munch) to German expressionists (Kirchner, Kandinsky) to abstract expressionists (De Kooning, Pollock), each artist is represented by a famous artwork, paired with questions to get kids thinking about what they see. Easy-to-follow activities provide hands-on experience with the artist’s techniques, subject, and mediums, each illustrated with examples by real kids. Packed with great art and ideas, Express Yourself! lets kids understand art—and become artists themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

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This title, the third in the "Art Explorers" series—following Adventures in Surrealism and Adventures in Impressionism—takes on Expressionism in a hands-on way. Five artists—from Edvard Munch to the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock—are used as vehicles for getting students involved in making their own art. It is a worthy endeavor, and one the educator and consultant to the Pollock-Krasner House, Joyce Raimondo, obviously joins in with her whole heart. Suggested approaches target one sample painting by each artist—followed in turn by examples of kids' art, the most successful of which are faces inspired by de Kooning's virulent "Woman V." Worthy, yes, but the garish "expressionist" background colors and super-busy page designs make the copy hard to read. They also dull the colors of the primary paintings used as examples. Almost makes you want to "Scream." 2005, Watson-Guptill, Ages 5 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-This title captures the essence of Expressionism with examples of work by renowned artists Munch, van Gogh, Kirchner, Kandinsky, de Kooning, and Pollock; illustrated step-by-step projects; a statement on the genre; a text that stimulates thinking by asking questions; and generous examples of student art. Projects inspired by Kandinsky, for example, include creating an abstract work that conveys emotion with cut-paper shapes and paint. The book's strength lies in its organization and attractive, brightly colored presentation of art as self-discovery. Activities promote individuality, while the biographies of the artists highlight their techniques. Lists of materials, kid-friendly instructions, and notes to adults and children are included. An excellent addition to art sections and a helpful teaching aid.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823025060
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Art Explorers Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.15 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Raimondo, the author of Imagine That!: Activities and Adventures in
Surrealism
and Picture This!: Activities and Adventures in Impressionism, was the family programs coordinator at
The Museum of Modern Art in New York for eight years. She lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Note to Adults: Help Your Child Explore Expressionism 4
Note to Kids: Express Yourself! 6
Picture Your Feelings-Edvard Munch 8
Who's Afraid? 10
Print It Out! 12
Moody Places-Vincent van Gogh 14
If Skies Could Talk 16
Lively Lines 18
Go Wild With Color-Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 20
Color the City 22
Face It! 24
Mask Believe 26
Amazing Abstract Art-Vasily Kandinsky 28
Sensational Shapes 30
Movement and You 32
Emotions in Action-Willem de Kooning 34
Gooey Glorious Paint 36
Sculpt It Out! 38
Let It Flow!-Jackson Pollock 40
Drip It! Pour It! Squirt It Out! 42
Collect It! Collage It! 44
Artist Biographies 46
About the Author 48
Acknowledgments 48
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