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Nature Art with Chiura Obata

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Do you see pictures when you look at the world around you? Maybe you've doodled birds or sketched flowers. Can you see yourself spending your life tracking nature as a curious artist--like Chiura Obata? Chiura started to draw the world around him as a young boy in Japan. When he came to the United States, he found the incredible beauty of California and Yosemite National Park. But he also met with discrimination because of his Japanese heritage. Chiura didn't give in to the obstacles he faced. In fact, he shared ...
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Overview

Do you see pictures when you look at the world around you? Maybe you've doodled birds or sketched flowers. Can you see yourself spending your life tracking nature as a curious artist--like Chiura Obata? Chiura started to draw the world around him as a young boy in Japan. When he came to the United States, he found the incredible beauty of California and Yosemite National Park. But he also met with discrimination because of his Japanese heritage. Chiura didn't give in to the obstacles he faced. In fact, he shared his vision of natural wonders with hundreds of students, friends, and admirers.

Follow Chiura's story as he works to picture magnificent animals and plants. Along the way, you'll pick up a few tips on making nature art of your own, whether you're a beginner or an experienced painter.

Describes the life and work of nature artist and Japanese American Chiura Obata. Includes tips on how readers can make their own nature art.

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Chiura Obata's life as an artist began as a young boy in Japan in the late nineteenth century. There he received his training in the ancient art forms of ink and watercolor. He also began to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. He learned to quiet his mind and body to observe nature before beginning to paint it through intricate brushwork. This biography follows Obata, one of the first naturalists, as he moved from his homeland in Japan to California where he discovered beauty in even the most tragic events, such as the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Obata continued to grow as an artist as he started a family and began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley. Along with other friends such as Ansel Adams, he frequently journeyed to Yosemite National Park to capture its beauty on canvas, in clay, and in photographs. Obata continued this love of art even during his internment in a Japanese camp during World War II in the 1940s. This beautifully illustrated book also is filled with many activities for the young aspiring nature artist, such as instruction in how to draw clouds effectively, and Ross provides lists of materials for the young artist. This book is an excellent addition to the Naturalist's Apprentice series and should be of interest to any young reader who wants to learn more about artists and their techniques. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2000, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner, 48p, Glossary, Index, Illus., Photos, Biblio., Chronology. Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Heather Hepler VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575053783
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Naturalist's Apprentice Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Samurai Sketching 5
Tune in to Nature 8
Line Find 10
2. Art Everywhere 14
The Well-Equipped Nature Artist 15
Bird Portraits 17
Wet-Day Painting 18
Greet a Tree 20
3. Mountain Treasures 21
Flower Art 23
Rock Art 24
4. Sensei Obata 29
Shadow Catcher 31
Moving Pictures 32
5. Storm Tree 35
Feel Your Art 38
6. Home at Last 42
Nature Prints 43
Important Dates 45
Glossary 46
Bibliography 47
Index 48
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