THE ETCHER'S STUDIO by Arthur  Geisert


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Age Range: 5 - 7
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 Aimed at readers of Douglas Florian's A Potter (1991) and A Painter (1993), and with just enough detail to hint at etching's challenges and possibilities, Geisert (Roman Numerals: I to MM, 1996, etc.) takes an opportunity to showcase nautical and jungle scenes as well as his more familiar rural views and pigs. A young narrator works with his grandfather in a spacious loft, printing and hand-coloring an array of etchings for a sale. As a book illustrator specializing in this 500-year-old technique, Geisert makes the perfect guide. The furniture and equipment depicted in the full-page and double-page etchings are modeled on his own, and the feelings at several stages of production--from the anxiety of properly timing the printing plate's acid bath to the daydream-inducing tedium of hand- coloring--are unmistakably based on personal experience. A labeled view of the studio precedes a final spread showing each step in an etching's creation. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-395-79754-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1997


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