The Art Box

The Art Box

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by Gail Gibbons

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Describes the many different kinds of tools and supplies which artists use to produce their work.  See more details below


Describes the many different kinds of tools and supplies which artists use to produce their work.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What is in an art box? In her art box, Gibbons finds drawing instruments, papers, rulers, templates for drawing different shapes, tape, glue, scissors, paints, and of course erasers for mistakes. And with the addition of an artist's imagination, out of the art box comes art! Once all the ingredients are collected for a painting, Gibbons examines the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. Next, the author explains how they fit together into a color wheel to make up the secondary colors, green, purple, and orange. Another page shows how black darkens a color and white lightens it. This book covers the basics tools of an artist in an extremely simplified manner. For example, canvas is mentioned as a surface on which to paint. However, it will not be clear to young readers from the text or the illustration that a canvas is actually a loosely woven, rough cloth stretched over a frame. It might have been interesting for young readers if the author had mentioned the different textures of paper and canvas, and why artists choose one over another.
Kirkus Reviews
Gibbons (The Honey Makers, 1997, etc.) employs her creative palette to shed both light and color on the tools and supplies of artists. Ranging from collage spreads of different kinds of paper to the variety of paints, brushes, and markers that an artist uses, the illustrations show the materials found in a typical art box, and how they're employed. The brilliant colors of her drawings are carefully framed and matted on samples of handmade paper that add texture to the design. Combining a visual feast with simple explanations, Gibbons demonstrates again why her books are staples of any collection. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)

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Holiday House, Inc.
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10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is

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