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Modern Art Adventures    by Maja Pitman & Jill Laidlaw order for
Modern Art Adventures
by Maja Pitman
Order:  USA  Can
Chicago Review Press, 2015 (2015)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The 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.

Each 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.

This 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.

A second blue horse project involves making a stained-glass horse for a window. You'll need colored tissue paper for this project.

All 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.

This 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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