The Art Book for Children – Review

The Art Book for Children

The Art Book for Children

The Art Book for Children is a hard-backed book published by Phaidon. The book is an A to Z guide that covers thirty of the most interesting and important artists from throughout history. The book is a great introduction to the world of art and is suitable for children of all ages.
Among the artists included in the book are Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Warhol, Turner and Velazquez. The book covers everything from the Mona Lisa to the American gothic. The authors selected works of art that they believed were historically significant, but would also be appealing to children. In addition to historic artists, a couple of more recent ones such as Donald Judd and Cindy Sherman have also been included.
By Ilya Esaulov

By Ilya Esaulov

The book is aimed at children aged seven or older, and includes the work of painters, sculptors, engravers and even photographers. The book tries to remain age appropriate whilst still challenging readers to think about what art is, and how art can be expressed in different ways to evoke a response from the viewer.
Throughout the book are suggestions for various activities for the reader to try so that they can learn what it is like to work with different materials and to explore different styles. The activities usually require only basic materials and can be done at home. Readers also learn about the history of the artists and the time that they lived in, as well as what inspired them to create the works included in the book. Btw the same regarding cartoons illustration and illustrated maps.
While the book is aimed at older primary school children, the topics covered in the book are appropriate for a wide range of age groups and older children that appreciate art may still enjoy the title. Families will enjoy sitting down together and discussing the questions raised in each section.

Review – Dorling Kindersley’s Children’s Book of Art

The Children’s Book of Art published by Dorling Kindersley is a hardcover title that aims to introduce children to the world of art. The book was published in 2009, and offers younger readers a look at the works produced by artists ranging from Andy Warhol to Michelangelo.
In addition to showing children these amazing paintings, the book explains how the art was made, and what inspired the artists. It also suggests projects for children to try so that they can explore their own creative side. The book covers pop art, portraits, abstract works, impressionist art and more. The information contained in the book is well presented and easy for even young readers to understand. The book is 144 pages long, and offers a valuable insight into the works that it contains and the history behind each piece.
This book is aimed at slightly older readers than Usborne’s similar title and explores a wider range of media and art styles. It is designed as a standalone title so you won’t find yourself being pushed to refer to the internet every few pages for more information. It would be a good gift for a child that is studying art at school, or one that would like to become an artist themselves. The projects are practical and sensible, and while you will need to buy some materials if your child wants to try them, they are not unreasonably intricate and don’t demand any obscure or difficult to purchase paints or materials.
The book is well presented and the printing is high quality. Adults will enjoy looking at the prints, and may even learn something from the text too! This is a good title for the whole family to explore together, perhaps trying out some of the projects on a rainy holiday weekend.