Modern Art Adventures
Maja Pitman & Jill Laidlaw
Chicago Review Press, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
he 36 hands-on projects in this book are inspired by artists from Monet to Banksy. The book's seven chapters cover a particular movement or category of modern art: Impressionism, Expressionism, Portraits, Abstract Art, Graphic Art, Pop Art, and Street Art Projects.
ach project begins with a picture of a featured work of art, such as Franz Marc's
The Blue Horse
. There is material on the piece itself and some questions to get the young reader thinking about the piece.
his section is then followed by one or two projects. For example, accompanying the Marc work is one project that suggests the child make his/her own little blue horse with just his/her hands, some paint and some paper. You'll find step-by-step instructions and helpful tips on how to complete this project.
project involves making a stained-glass horse for a window. You'll need colored tissue paper for this project.
ll these projects use a wide range of media but they don't require prior art experience, just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn how to use new techniques.
his is an excellent resource for home schoolers, families and art educators. Even older youngsters and adults will find this a fascinating book that will get their creative juices flowing.
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