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Still Life

Still Life

by Sue Lacey

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Many artists and their styles are explored in this busy book. A table of contents directs the reader to the section focusing on the approach of each of twelve individual artists to still life art. Practical hints send the beginner off to a good start. A gallery page includes the name, biographical facts, and a simple analysis of one outstanding work by each artist. Step-by-step directions help the reader to complete an original still life project in the style of each artist. This book has so much information on each page that as many as three sizes of type are used to separate the different parts of the text. Printing black words on white background and white words on black background is another technique used. Unfortunately this tends to give a very cluttered look. 2000, The Millbrook Press, Ages 7 up, $22.90 and $6.95. Reviewer: Margarette Reid
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Double-page spreads focus on different aspects of creating an object or still life. Each colorful spread also features a work by a well-known artist (Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso) or lesser-known one (Kurt Schwitters, Odilon Redon), along with a suggested project. The term still life is used loosely as the author includes a Henry Moore sculpture and an aboriginal artifact as two of the examples in the book. Very brief descriptions of the artists lead to sweeping overgeneralizations ("[C zanne's] work was always admired"). The featured reproductions are surrounded by little cartoon figures that often seem to be pointing at nothing in particular. The projects generally utilize readily available items and have clear instructions. The activities range from the commonplace (drawing in a sketchbook) to the unusual (making an "ice pop" from fuzzy fabric). The table of contents is overly busy, including artists, topics, and descriptions of each two-page chapter. The index contains such vague entries as "objects" (with 12 of the book's 32 pages listed) and "shapes," and doesn't include artists' names. This book falls somewhere between the "Art School" series (DK) and "First Discovery Art" books (Scholastic). Thus, it may fill a gap in collections needing materials that approach art techniques through art history. However, this is not enough to recommend Still Life as a primary purchase.-Laura Santoro, Coventry Library, Cleveland Heights, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Start with Art Series
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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