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I Am An Artist Paperback – March 1, 1994

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- ``I am an artist when I look at a bird until I feel feathery too/ and at an orange until I know what it is to be perfectly round.'' This lyrical, almost poetic, text puts forth the idea that art is a process--a way of living and seeing--as well as a manifestation in the form of a finished product. The emphasis is on that process rather than on an end result. This is a valuable concept to share with children as they are natural artists in that they see the world with fresh eyes and can be encouraged to continue doing so. Illustrations are detailed drawings with delicately applied color. They are a bit uneven in quality in that some are quite fluid while others are awkward. Each double-page spread reads as a separate statement without much continuity or connectedness between thoughts. The illustrations reflect the words but do little to extend them. A good idea, but a less-than-successful execution. --Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
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"A gentle, attractive nudge to the creative process..." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This lyrical, almost poetic, text puts forth the idea that art is a process...as well as a manifestation in the form of a finished product." -- School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1210L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156294729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562947293
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sue on April 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am using this book, I am an Artist, as part of a homeschool curriculum for my four year old son. We have enjoyed it very much. I think the best thing about it is it really teaches a child the importance of noticing and appreciating this beautiful world we live in; that is, it tells us to "take time to smell the roses". The illustrations of nature in the book are wonderful and thought provoking, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
ONE OF MY TEACHERS READ THIS TO MY CLASS. IT MADE US ALL FEEL WE ARE ARTIST. IT REALLY INSPIRED ME TO CREATE. I LOVED IT SO MUCH I WANT TO BUY IT SO I MAY BE ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH MY FRIENDS. JUST IMAGE IF YOU SEE SHAPES IN THE CLOUDS YOU TOO CAN BE AN ARTIST LIKE ME!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ArtCat on October 9, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
This book beautifully and simply expresses the philosophy of the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education, where I received training (I'm an elementary teacher). Basically, it is that art is about WAYS OF LOOKING, noticing, and interacting fully with our environment........appreciating the different, the beautiful, and the meaningful, for each of us as individuals. Cultivating this aesthetic awareness helps us live more fully, and connect to humanity. This book, appropriate for about age 4 and up, gently demonstrates this, and provides a valuable reminder for us grownups. On each page of 1-2 sentences, the narrator describes how her careful noticings of simple beauty makes her an artist. Truly, we all have it in us. Also, if this type of thinking excites you, try the work of Lincoln Center Institute's philosopher-in residence, Maxine Greene. Her new book, Reflections on the Blue Guitar: The Lincoln Center Lectures, can inspire your own reflections and connections. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal on October 15, 2008
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I am a trained art teacher and mother of 2 young boys and love this book. It says" I am an artist when I find a face in a cloud or watch the light change the shape of a hill." " I am an artist when I look through a sun shower for a rainbow. I am an artist when I find one." The water colors are done well with suprises to look for, like the face in the clouds. It is a short book with a sentence on each turn of the page. Being outside in nature is emphasised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana Lado on September 28, 2009
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This is an ideal book for teaching beginning ELLs. First, although the pages lack continuity they have language patterns and related to objects in the 'here and now'. These illustrations reflect the words and do little to extend them making it ideal for teaching beginner ELLs who need comprehensible English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklicious on February 22, 2014
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I liked this book a lot ! If you can keep the kids still,for the time it takes to read it. It has a fantastic message. I had my older students read it aloud and I believe that it was just as effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Idaho Britta on April 10, 2007
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A child looks at the world and realizes that art is found in many forms around him, and that he himself is an artist too. Pretty pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Peters on May 10, 2008
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Excellent book to use when describing observational skills of an artist. Which is all of us.
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