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“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue... More
Summary: Explore dozen of artwork by featured artists, including Robert Delaunay, Edward Hopper, Diego Velazquez, Jan Steen, Henri Matissse, and Paolo Uccello. Then learn more about what the artist was trying to achieve. There is a short biography of the artist, as well as an art project for readers that relates to the featured artwork. The This book is part art history and part biography, plus offers the guided opportunity to be an artist.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 4.1
Age of Child: Read used with a group of middle school students [ages 10 to 14].
Young Reader Reaction: My friend used this book to create a number of art lessons and it worked beautifully. The class loved it.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the book was well planned out. The illustrations are topnotch and the projects well explained and fun to do.
Pros: This is an excellent way to introduce young readers to art and give them some fun, hands-on projects.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an excellent resource for educators, as well as families home schooling their children. If you're an art buff with kids in your life, this is a nice book to have handy.
Educational Themes: Get Into Art is like having three books in one, with several layers. In exploring the painting, readers learn about how pictures can tell stories. They also learn about the artist and his/her intent for the project. After looking at the work, ask your reader if they thought the artist met his/her goal.
In addition to the art history (add context by sharing information about the world at the time the artist lived), readers can get actively engaged with art by trying the projects.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - biography, art, art history, interactive learning
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2015
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at amazon.com.