Art and How it Works

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Published by DK Children

By Ann Kay

Foreword by Tomie dePaola

RRP: $17.99

"If you only buy one art book make sure it's this one! We love that it includes details of somefamous artworks and explains how they were painted, and the methods and techniques used."

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About Art and How it Works

This enticing introduction to art appreciation for children looks at art history, themes in art, and art techniques--from cave paintings to modern art.

Children will learn to step back, think, and look at art in a new way. The book explores themes in art, including women in art and symbolism in art. Kids will be encouraged to look closely at a painting and understand why and how it was made. By tapping into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), the book helps with the understanding of color and the materials artists use. The mathematical side of art will be highlighted and kids will learn about patterns and shapes in art.

The book looks at the history of art for kids--from prehistoric paintings, Impressionism, abstract art, through to the art of today. It includes biographies of major artists from Fra Angelico to David Hockney. Art and How it Works cuts through the jargon that surrounds the art world and offers a fresh, new, and accessible approach for kids.