The Interactive Art Book

Overview

Learn about fundamental concepts such as light and color, pattern and composition, narrative, style, and movement, and much more. Inventive paper engineering brings the subjects to life with pop-ups and lift-the-flaps. From the Dutch masters to the impressionists up through Picasso, this fun and informative activity book will inspire all ages.

This book presents art in a way that is understandable, entertaining, and exciting for older children and art lovers.

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Overview

Learn about fundamental concepts such as light and color, pattern and composition, narrative, style, and movement, and much more. Inventive paper engineering brings the subjects to life with pop-ups and lift-the-flaps. From the Dutch masters to the impressionists up through Picasso, this fun and informative activity book will inspire all ages.

This book presents art in a way that is understandable, entertaining, and exciting for older children and art lovers.

• 60 art masterpieces—25 of them with lift-the-flaps—and all of them illustrating something about the process of making and appreciating art.

• 12 three-dimensional models showing perspective, color-mixing, the illusion of movement, abstract composition and more.

• 18-page removable Activity Book with instructions for composing pictures and making prints, collages, scratch pictures, potato prints, sculptures, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Paper engineer Van der Meer and author Whitford team up for an investigation of art that features pop-ups, flaps, transparencies, and other elements. The spreads focus on methods of creation, light and color, movement, pattern, storytelling, and subject matter, with 60 reproductions included. Among Van der Meer’s pop-ups are 3D extrapolations of two paintings, which let children explore perspective and contemplate Velasquez’s intentions in painting Las Meninas. Transparencies help decode composition, and Calder-style mobile pieces and a paper phenakistoscope that creates the illusion of movement encourage children to approach art with their hands as much as their minds. Ages 6–up. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"...an art book title that my nine year old artist has declared 'extraordinary!'...unlike any other art book in his collection and has become his favorite treasure." —Simply Stacie

“...teaches your kids about fundamental concepts such as light and color, pattern and composition, narrative, style, and movement, and much more.” —Shop With Me Mama.

“What an amazing book! I plan to keep it as a reference book! It is almost beyond description. Every single page is filled with fascinating facts on every aspect of art.” —Motherhoodlater.com

“It’s perfect for dipping in and out of, with short paragraphs about different pieces of art illustrating various topics...accompanied by lots and lots of reproductions, primarily of paintings, but also including sculpture, illustration and architecture.” —Playing by the book

“We’ve been having a heat wave in Boston. What better way to spend my time on those 90° days than sitting inside our AC-blasting office trying my hand at various arts and crafts activities from one of my latest Out of the Box finds — The Interactive Art Book created by paper engineer Ron Van Der Meer and author Frank Whitford?” —Horn Book Review (online)

“encourage[s] children to approach art with their hands as much as their minds.” —Publisher’s Weekly.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608871834
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 132,000
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron van der Meer is considered one of the world’s foremost paper engineers. His oversized Architecture, Music, Brain, and Earth packs have been hailed as revolutionary in their combination of complex paper engineering and wealth of information. He lives in England.

Frank Whitford has taught at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art in London. He has written many books over the last 40 years, including Japanese Prints and Western Painters and Bauhaus.

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