ART LESSONS by Eleanor Schick


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Artists often begin drawing seriously at a fairly early age. This is an account of a child's first lessons, offered by a neighbor who is a professional. A young boy tells us how one night he watched a moonrise with his neighbor and shyly told her that he, too, liked to draw. She then invited him to join her in her studio and to come along on expeditions to the zoo, where she gave him encouragement, a little advice, and a good example. This is not like the Arnosky books, because it does not try to teach drawing; instead, it describes the atmosphere of attention, respect and enjoyment of nature that is shared by the two as they work side by side. The soft pencil sketches on ecru, inset on the plain white of the background page, add warmth to this quiet story. Another of those books just beyond the easy-to-read stage, in chapter format, but with not many words on the page and large type; it could happily fit in either picture-book or early-grade sections in libraries.

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 1987
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Greenwillow