OXFORD FIRST BOOK OF ART by Gillian Wolfe

OXFORD FIRST BOOK OF ART

Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

More than anything else, this introduction to art explains how to look at art by asking simple questions about what is shown, in order to understand what an artist is trying to communicate. The samples of artwork are from a wide range of time periods and cultures; medieval and Aboriginal art are included as well as examples of pop, impressionistic, and surrealistic art. While the text explains some of the historical information necessary to understand the works, Wolfe’s emphasis is to persuade readers to bring their own experiences to their understanding of art. How are colors used to reflect seasons and temperatures? In what ways do the poses or expressions of people and animals portray emotional states? In this way, those new to looking at art will begin to trust their own interpretations of what they see, instead of feeling intimidated or in need of expert explanation. Large, attractive reproductions invite readers to linger over the pages. (index) (Nonfiction. 5-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 29th, 1999
ISBN: 0-19-521556-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1999