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How Artists See Animals: Mammal, Fish, Bird, Reptile
     

How Artists See Animals: Mammal, Fish, Bird, Reptile

by Colleen Carroll
 

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Abbeville Kids expands its award-winning series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world.

In How Artists See Animals children can see how Franz Marc transformed an ordinary cow into a magical one by using brilliant colors; how Roy Lichtenstein created

Overview


Abbeville Kids expands its award-winning series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world.

In How Artists See Animals children can see how Franz Marc transformed an ordinary cow into a magical one by using brilliant colors; how Roy Lichtenstein created goldfish out of metal; how John James Audubon depicted the elegance of a flamingo in its natural environment; and how Robert Jew made an iguana look so real that it seems about to crawl off its canvas.

Each volume in the How Artists See series presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll's engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children's natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created.

This direct, interactive approach to art—and to the world—promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. As it introduces basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, it also provides loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in the book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artists works can be seen. As they begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, children will deepen their appreciation of art, the world around them, and, most importantly, their own unique visions.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for the How Artists See series:

"Carroll's series…eclipses the competition…How Artists See has the makings of a classic—a core experience for budding art enthusiasts to build on." — Publishers Weekly

"Wow! If you have been looking for a way to get children interested in art, call off the search, it just doesn't get any better than this." — Children's Literature Choice List

"…These are first-rate art appreciation guides for adults and young children together, or older readers alone." — Children's Literature Review

Children's Literature - Armin A. Brott
Wow! If you have been looking for a way to get children interested in art, call off the search: it just doesn't get any better than this. Each of these stunningly illustrated volumes is devoted to a subject children will be naturally drawn to, and explores the subject with sixteen works by artists in a variety of styles. Carrol includes kid-level explanations of many of the techniques used to achieve certain artistic goals. She sparks kids' critical thinking skills by asking questions that engage children not only in each individual piece of artwork, but in the ideas it represents. These books offer children a unique opportunity to see that there is more than one way to do (or in this case, depict) something. They'll be able to compare a bowl of goldfish by Henri Matisse with one by Roy Lichtenstein. For kids interested in finding out more, the author has included short biographies, an age appropriate reading list, and a list of museums and galleries where more of the artists' works can be seen. Also in the series are How Artists See the Elements, How Artists See People, and How Artists See the Weather.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Complement Ms. Richardson's emphasis on technique in Looking at Pictures with Colleen Carroll's perspective on how different artists see the same subjects: Weather, The Elements, and Animals. Sixteen paintings in each volume are arranged in four groups-summer, fall, winter, and spring, for example-and are accompanied by Ms. Carroll's comments and open-ended questions. They encourage young readers to notice the big picture as well as its details, to compare and contrast, to put themselves into the painter's place, to ask more questions, and to react with artistic expressions of their own. The first three of a projected series, these are first-rate art appreciation guides for adults and young children together, or older readers alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789204752
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
How Artists See Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
719,571
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

How Artists See: Animals

Mammal Fish Bird Reptile


By Colleen Carroll

Abbeville Kids

Copyright © 1999 Colleen Carroll
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0475-2


Excerpt from: How Artists See Animals

NOTE TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS

As an elementary school teacher I had the opportunity to show my students many examples of great art. I was always amazed by their enthusiastic responses to the colors, shapes, subjects, and fascinating stories of the artists lives. It wasn't uncommon for us to spend an entire class period looking at and talking about just one work of art. By asking challenging questions, I prompted the children to examine and think very carefully about the art, and then quite naturally they would begin to ask all sorts of interesting questions of their own. These experiences inspired me to write this book and the other volumes in the How Artists See series.

How Artists See is designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world through the eyes of great artists. The books encourage children to look critically, answer—and ask—thought-provoking questions, and form an appreciation and understanding of an artist's vision. Each book is devoted to a single subject so that children can see how different artists have approached and treated the same theme and begin to understand the importance of individual style.

Because I believe that children learn most successfully in an atmosphere of exploration and discovery, I've included questions that encourage them to formulate ideas and responses for themselves. And because peoples reactions to art are based on their own personal aesthetic, most of the questions are open-ended and have more than one answer. If you're reading aloud to your children or students, give them ample time to look at each work and form their own opinions; it certainly is not necessary to read the whole book in one sitting. Like a good book or movie, art can be enjoyed over and over again, each time with the possibility of revealing something that wasn't seen before.

You may notice that dates and other historical information are not included in the main text. I purposely omitted this information in order to focus on the art and those aspects of the world it illustrates. For children who want to learn more about the artists whose works appear in the book, short biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and a list of museums where you can see additional works by each artist.

After reading How Artists See Animals, children can do a wide variety of related activities to extend and reinforce all that they've learned. In addition to the simple activities I've suggested throughout the main text, they can visit a local zoo or wildlife sanctuary to further their appreciation of animals, or create stories about their own pets or favorite animals in the book. Since the examples shown here are just a tiny fraction of the great works of art that feature animals as their subject, children can go on a scavenger hunt through museums and the many wonderful art books in your local library to find other images of animals.

I hope that you and your children or students will enjoy reading and rereading this book and, by looking at many styles of art, discover how artists share with us their unique ways of seeing and depicting our world.

(Continues...)

Excerpted from How Artists See: Animals by Colleen Carroll. Copyright © 1999 Colleen Carroll. Excerpted by permission of Abbeville Kids.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Meet the Author


Colleen Carroll is an educational consultant for MTV, USA Today, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Black Entertainment Television, CNBC, Channel One, and The Edison Project. She previously taught sixth grade in California and now lives in New York.

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