SYNOPSIS:An exciting second edition, Great American Artists for Kids allows young readers to explore the American art scene while learning how to create their own masterpieces. From the award-winning author of Discovering Great Artists, MaryAnn F. Kohl pairs with Kim Solga to introduce children to 75 influential artists ranging from the 18th century to modern times. Each profile is accompanied by activities with step-by-step instructions teaching young readers how to incorporate artists’ techniques into art projects. Color-coded icons facilitate the learning experience by indicating the skill level, adult involvement and materials necessary for activities. With additional resources for art viewing, children will be inspired to pursue their art interests as they learn what made artists like Harriet Powers, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein so memorable
MY THOUGHTS: Fantastic! I was so happy to review this one. This age group (4-12) is often overlooked when it comes to art/art history. They may gain exposure to the big names (Da Vinci, Picasso), but there are so many other, noteworthy artists to study. I’m always a fan of books that serve more than one purpose in more than one area of study. Here we have art, history, and reading class. Older children can also build off the information for a unique biography report. Being from Pennsylvania, I was pleased to see Frank Lloyd Wright & Andy Warhol included.
Big wow factors for this book include the interactive features where creativity comes into play and the extensive glossary included. Reading about art techniques is one thing; imitating those techniques is another. There are so many fabulous plusses to having this book in your homeschool library. If you’re child goes to brick-and-mortar school, this is an invaluable asset for them, too. They will return to this book time and again for multiple classes. It is a definite 5 star book. Hopefully, IPG will continue to make more books similar to this one.
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