How Artists See: Animals
Mammal Fish Bird Reptile
By Colleen Carroll
Abbeville Kids Copyright © 1999 Colleen Carroll
All rights reserved.
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, answerand askthought-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.
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