When you think of art, do you think of painting and sculpture? Bob Raczka shows us that even these traditional artistic mediums can be created in untraditional ways. Art can also be draped, chiseled, pasted and drizzled. But unusual approaches to painting and sculpture are only the beginning. We learn that art comes in many forms – a wall or a ceiling, a lamp or a rug, a goblet or a musical instrument. Simple rhyming verse pairs beautifully with reproductions of twenty-seven works of art, ranging from 17,000-year-old cave paintings to some very interesting contemporary creations. Each piece is as unique as the artist themselves, and each is included here to expand our notions of what art is.
About the Author
Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to drawespecially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ages 1 and Up. You¿re never too young to learn to appreciate art! One of Bob Raczka¿s many children¿s books about art, ¿Art Is¿¿ uses photographs of famous art to go with a simple rhythmic definition of what art is: ¿Art is a ceiling. Art is a wall. Art is a frame holding nothing at all. Art is an island surrounded by pink. Art is how artists get you think.¿ The book ends with notes on each piece of art featured, which is good for adults and older child readers. Recommended for art non-fiction or picture book collections in public and elementary school libraries.
Great book with ALL mediums and important works are covered in this book. Great to use as exemplars and inspiration for creating art with young people. Great for preperation before visiting an Art Museum as well. Two paintbrushes up!