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Paul Klee for Children
     

Paul Klee for Children

by Silke Vry
 

Loved by young people across the globe, Paul Klee’s playful paintings are a natural introduction for children to the world of creativity and art. It’s no wonder that young people are drawn to the work of Paul Klee. The German artist was fascinated by children’s drawings, and incorporated their energy and simplicity into his own work. This

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Loved by young people across the globe, Paul Klee’s playful paintings are a natural introduction for children to the world of creativity and art. It’s no wonder that young people are drawn to the work of Paul Klee. The German artist was fascinated by children’s drawings, and incorporated their energy and simplicity into his own work. This beautiful introduction to Klee’s paintings focuses on the artist’s love of color and symbols, his lighthearted technique, and his belief that music and painting were inextricably linked. Children will relate to the stories about Klee’s life and struggles as an artist while learning about art. Eye-catching reproductions of Klee’s masterpieces show children how the artist used lines, pigments, and texture in imaginative new ways. Best of all,
enticing suggestions invite readers to try different art activities and projects.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In this well-written book, Vry does an admirable job of not only introducing children to Klee's life, but also to his work. Abstract art is difficult even for adults to appreciate, but the author uses second-person dialogue to lead readers through imaginative exercises that help them understand Klee's methods and motivation. For example, when discussing the artist's depiction of motion, he invites readers to imagine being on a ship: "Paul could even feel motion in his mind. Yes, it's true! You can do the same by going on an imaginary journey." In sidebars throughout the book, Vry suggests art exercises children can try to imitate Klee's techniques. Full instructions for the activities are found in 10 pages. Unfortunately for libraries, a couple of them invite readers to color or draw in the book, but this can easily be done on a separate piece of paper. The book is illustrated with color reproductions of artwork by Klee and his contemporaries and photographs of Klee throughout his life. The book has a variety of colorful fonts and background graphical elements, making each spread busy and bright. This volume is more sophisticated than Mike Venezia's Paul Klee (Children's Press, 1991). An inviting introduction to both Klee's work and abstract art in general.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791370774
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
11/07/2011
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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