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Painting and Drawing

Painting and Drawing

by Judy Martin

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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-A thorough guide that covers materials, techniques, and suggested projects for painting and drawing. Martin explains how to look at common objects as a series of geometric shapes, and explores perspective in drawing buildings and the horizon level in sketching landscapes. Tearing paper for a collage and painting with texture, e.g., sponging and blotting, are also described. Other highlights are the explanations of types of watercolor paper and the effects of paint on them; the differences in sizes of brushes and their potential uses; and how watercolor, tempera, and poster paints create varying effects. Colorful photos and examples enhance the text. Suggestions abound, such as combining crayons and paints or using crosshatching or dotting techniques. Throughout, the author encourages young artists to sample different ways of using common drawing materials, and then to compare and select the mediums they like best. Words in the glossary are clearly defined, although a few terms such as ragging and pointillism are not included. All in all, this is a fine addition.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Kay Weisman
Many children enjoy painting and drawing but become frustrated when the finished product falls short of their expectations. This title offers a wealth of tips and techniques that are sure to be welcomed by young artists. It begins with an explanation of how to select and use paints, brushes, pencils, crayons, pastels, and pens and follows up with discussion of the basic elements of art, including shape, shading, color, and composition. Individual chapters provide suggestions for painting objects found around the home as well as buildings and landscapes. There is additional information on creating collages and mixed-media artwork. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions and several very feasible projects are also provided in a book that will be useful for young artists and can help nonartists improve their projects, too. Glossary

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
First Guide Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.39(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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