This Book Will Make You An Artist

Nosy Crow. Feb. 2024. 64p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9798887770420.
Gr 2-5–Practice! Practice! Practice! To fully ignite the creative fire and flare, warm up first by creating zigzag pencil lines and free-flowing loop-the-loops, followed by inspiration from 25 of the world’s best-known artists in this colorful, historically referenced book. Readers travel through time from ancient cave art into modern exhibitions of the 20th century, featuring the masters, with plenty of ideas offered to create their own artistic works. Inspirational original designs include fiber art-wrapped string sculptures by Judith Scott, color wash over wax like that used by Emily Kame Kngwarreye to create her beautiful batik fabrics, or painted polka dot pumpkins by artist Yayoi Kusama. Whatever one’s preference for creating or exploring, author and art historian Millington has delivered a text jam-packed with fact-filled and unique art activities. Surrey is adept at her craft, providing plenty of visual diversity with brightly colored drawings, all pleasing to the eye; they will have any blossoming young artist eager to dive right in.
VERDICT A splendid book filled with engaging art history references and an abundance of imaginative activities to awaken and nurture the reader’s artist within.

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