Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Anholt's Artists Activity Book

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Review - Anholt's Artists Activity Book

About the Book 
This strikingly original art instruction book for children was devised by the successful artist who is also the author of a popular children's series of charming stories about many of the world's great artists. Author Laurence Anholt emphasizes freedom and creativity as he tutors boys and girls through seven art projects in the same way that they might have been taught by such masters as Monet, Degas, and others. For example, kids are shown how to:

  • Make a funky junk sculpture that resembles several works by Picasso 
  • Paint a portrait in the style of Van Gogh 
  • Make an action sculpture like Degas's dancing figures 
  • Construct colorful cutout art in the style of Matisse 
  • Work with wild, wet watercolors in imitation of Monet 
  • Design a mad, marvelous machine like those constructed by Leonardo 
  • Take a charcoal challenge in the style of Cezanne.

Guided by Anholt's easy-to-follow format, kids will also find many tips and secrets to help them develop creative confidence.

My Take on the Book 
If you have an artist in your life, I believe this book will be an asset to their growth as an artist. It will give them insight into the methods and sequence of how the famous artists created their art work.

The story highlights Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Cezanne, and many others. It takes the reader through instruction and step by step activities as if they were with the famous artist.

I found this book informative. I can see a family using this with a budding artist. I can also vision an art teacher using this resource with her students.

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