M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet

M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet

by David Domeniconi, Will Bullas
     
 

With so many colors to choose from, why did Henri Matisse use only three? How can an artist make a three-dimensional picture on a flat sheet of paper? Why is some Aboriginal art described as x-ray style? M is for Masterpiece, a comprehensive guide to fine art written for children, provides satisfying answers to such questions and more. From ancient cave paintings to…  See more details below

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With so many colors to choose from, why did Henri Matisse use only three? How can an artist make a three-dimensional picture on a flat sheet of paper? Why is some Aboriginal art described as x-ray style? M is for Masterpiece, a comprehensive guide to fine art written for children, provides satisfying answers to such questions and more. From ancient cave paintings to Christo's Running Fence, a wide variety of art forms and styles are discussed in details that children will understand and adults will appreciate. M is for Masterpiece not only teaches about the great artists and techniques that originated in various parts of the world, but also discusses the elements of painting, art media, and landscapes of the American West. The art of photography and architecture is also covered.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The latest in a series of fact-filled alphabet books takes on art from a slightly different perspective than usual. A few big-name artists are thrown in (Christo, Gauguin, O'Keefe, Rembrandt), but so is Easter Island and Navajo weavers. The most original entry is "Q" for quillwork, which satisfactorily answers the question, "How do you get porcupine quills?" But the entry on "L" for "Landscape," which addresses Albert Bierstadt's monumental western paintings, steps a little too far when it suggests Bierstadt was responsible for the American territorial expansion, which was already well underway decades before the artist's work. Domeniconi's rhymes leave something to be desired, but are compensated for by the more expansive sidebars included in each entry. For a book on art that includes no original illustrative material, Will Bullas has striven mightily to broach the gap. Bullas's "Running Fence," watercolors and brushes, and aboriginal X-ray art are evocative, while his rendition of the Taj Mahal by night is dreamily lovely. Alphabet books for older kids? This proves it can be done.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In this addition to a series of informational alphabet books, Domeniconi introduces readers to the world of art. A-to-Z entries consist of brief rhyming poems paired with expository narrative. The text makes reference to a mix of artists (e.g., Michelangelo, Paul Gauguin, Frida Kahlo); artistic works (including the Mona Lisa, the moai of Easter Island, Navajo weavings, and Christo's Running Fence); and art styles (impressionism, abstract, etc.). The letter "Q" is linked with quillwork (porcupine-quill embroidery done by Native Americans), "X" is for the X-ray-style of drawing used by the ancient people of Australia, and "Z is for Zoom/a special camera lens." Bullas's paintings, rich in color, are strong in shape, line, texture, and detail. They depict highlighted individuals and artworks as well as various tools of the trade. Of special note is the illustration showing a handheld magnifying glass enlarging facial features of a figure in one of Rembrandt's portraits. Many of the pictures cover two pages and the layouts include both upper- and lowercase letters. An attractive choice for browsing, this book might inspire readers to seek more in-depth resources.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585362769
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Sleeping Bear Alphabets - Arts
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
669,153
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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