THE JUMBO BOOK OF OUTDOOR ART by Irene Luxbacher

THE JUMBO BOOK OF OUTDOOR ART

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Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

On the premise that anything can be art, and art is anything, the author invites young enthusiasts to combine art materials and natural objects in 57 projects for the backyard, beach and park. Camp counselors may find inspiration for inexpensive nature projects, but home users will find the directions sketchy and the clean-up problematic. Some projects could cause sticky consequences; for example the “sculpting experiment,” in which white glue, water and sand are mixed so the artist can sculpt castles that harden and last. Nothing is said about how to deal with glue-hardened sand on hands, clothes, countertops or utensils. Other projects include weaving with twigs, making a junk fountain, pressing leaves, creating dye from plants and sketching or photographing decaying vegetables. The brief text is embellished with many muddy photos and drawings. The afterword indicates that the projects are an outgrowth of the Avenue Roads Art School in Toronto, a place “where everyone becomes an artistic adventurer.” A glossary of art terms and an index are provided. A minor effort. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-55337-680-3
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006




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