Each project in this colorful, attractive compendium of art projects begins with a particular work of art, from paintings by artists such as Degas, Klee, and O'Keeffe to a Calder mobile, a print by Hokusai, and a bark painting by Australian Aboriginal artist Johnny Bulunbulun. Following a double-page spread carrying a picture of the art as well as information about the work and its creator, the next spread shows readers how to create a piece of art inspired by an idea or technique in that section.
Throughout the book, the excellent presentation of the projects makes them seem not only possible to complete but also worth doing. Illustrated step-by-step, the instructions are clearly written and practical, while not too narrowly focused on achieving a specific result in terms of design. This fine book will encourage art-minded children to try new ideas and new media while looking to the past for inspiration.
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