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Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM)) Paperback – May 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Series: Bright Ideas for Learning (TM) (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Ring Publishing (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935607099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935607093
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Discovering Great Artists" encourages children to know the great artists and their techniques through hands-on experience, to be inspired to read books, to visit museums, and to see the world in a new way. Children will encompass a greater sense of history and art appreciation, and see themselves in a grander scope of time."
~ MaryAnn Kohl, author and educator

""Discovering Great Artists" offers children the opportunity to explore a variety of artistic mediums including paint, chalk and pencil drawings, sculpture, photography and construction. Artists from the Renaissance to the present time are included, covering artistic styles such as cubism, abstract, cartoon, naturalism, impressionism and folk art. Activities are as diverse as the artists themselves, with Invention Art (Da Vinci), Action Spatter (Pollock), Starry night (Van Gogh), Colour Collage (Matisse) and Comic Dots (Lichtenstein). Instructions are clear and easy to understand. Materials are generally common art supplies easily accessed by teachers and parents."
~ Susan Whelan, Suite101

"100+ activities teach the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters - Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more. To experience Van Gogh’s style, children mix paints into a thick substance called “impasto” and then paint with heavy, swirling brush strokes. Each activity contains a brief history of the artist, a project, and an example of that artist’s work. Discovering Great Artists is a great value for the money and belongs on every art shelf."
~ Rainbow Resource

"Students study artists from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to present day, and learn a variety of techniques and styles. The publisher, Bright RIng Publishing, provides links to full color examples of artwork by many of the artists that are featured in the book. Highly recommended."
~ Successful Homeschooling

"You have to get this book! It is jam packed full of great ideas - with 140 pages of information on great artists and projects representing them. Each artist’s section has a short biography which is what I have used for our Artist pages in our History Notebook. There are such original and fun projects demonstrating the style and materials used by the Artist of study. There are projects of ink, acrylic paints, watercolors, pastels, collage compositions, clay pieces, and just too much to mention."
~ Noggins and Nonsense

"Hands-on Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
110 amazingly fun and unique art activities for children to experience the styles and techniques of the great masters, from Renaissance to the present. A brief biography of each artist is included with a fully illustrated, child-tested art activity, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, and more!"
~ Classical Conversations

From the Back Cover

"DISCOVERING GREAT ARTISTS" is
A Creative Collection of
Easy Art Appreciation
Activities for Children

110 amazingly fun and unique art activities for
children to experience the styles and techniques
of the great masters, from the Renaissance to
the present. A biography of each artist is
included with a fully illustrated, child tested art
activity, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture,
photography, architecture, and more!

Great Artists activities include:
- Da Vinci - Invention Art
- Michelangelo - Fresco Plaque
- Rembrandt - Shadowy Faces
- Monet - Dabble in Paint
- Degas - Resist in Motion
- Picasso - Fractured Friend
- Van Gogh - Starry Night
- Dali - Dream Photographs
- Matisse 0 color Collage
- Pollock - Action Splatter
- Lichtenstein - comic Dots
- O'Keeffe - Close-Up Flower

ART EXPLORATION FOR
SCHOOL • HOMESCHOOL • HOME
CHILDCARE • MUSEUMS • LIBRARIES
___________________________________________________
About the creators of Discovering Great Artists:
MaryAnn F. Kohl is the author of award winning titles
Scribble Art, Mudworks, ScienceArts, Preschool Art,
Cooking Art, Good Earth Art, and others. She is a national
speaker at educational and publishing conferences and
owns Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. MaryAnn lives in
Bellingham, Washington.

Kim Solga is the author of Draw!. Paint!, Make Prints!
and five other books. Her articles on arts and crafts
appear regularly in national education and parenting
magazines. Kim owns KidsArt, a mail order art supply
catalog, and writes and illustrates children's books.
She lives in Mt. Shasta, California.

Rebecca Van Slyke has taught second grade since 1987.
She gives private art lessons to children and writes
and illustrates children's books. She lives with her
husband and daughter and numerous furry and
feathered critters on a small farm near Bellingham,
Washington.

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for teachers as well as parents.
Farah Aria
There are a few small black and white images of masterworks in the book but they're for reference, not for study.
Lisa Munson Crews
I love the ideas in this book that tie children's art to some of the great artists!
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289 of 296 people found the following review helpful By E. Stanclift on July 3, 2001
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As a former public school teacher, and now a homeschool parent, I can honestly say I've seen a great deal of art curriculum materials. This book stands hand and shoulders above the rest in terms of what it attempts to cover and the way it brings the great artistic styles into undestandable terms for children and their educators.
My only complaint (and what's kept me from giving this book 5 Stars) is that the black & white photocopies of pictures show so little detail of each artist. You really need to have a good full color guide to the world of art (showing at least one major work from each artist) to be able to use this curriculum effectively.
My hope is that the authors will consider this for future printings. If they do so, I think this will be the perfect art curriculum to teach both hands on art and art history.
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159 of 164 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2000
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This wonderful book features just about any artist you can think of (most of which I've never even heard of!). It's divided into four chapters: Renaissance & Post-Renaiisance, Impressionists & Post-Impressionists, Expressionists...& Surrealists (say what?), Modern & Folk Art. Each page features a different artist, with a simple sketch of the artist, a brief biography, and several ideas on how to re-create that artist's style. The only gripe I have, which is the reason it didn't get 5 stars, is that there are not nearly enough reproductions of the artists' best work. Many pages show only a picture drawn or sketched by a student in the style of the artist, which I found extremely unhelpful. What would have been great is if the publishers would have included a postcard-size reproduction of the best known artists. I ended up having to buy several other books with postcard-size reproductions to use in class. This book will give you a lot of great ideas, but it's not overly functional.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Jayna on December 3, 1999
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Intoduce your kids to the great artists by doing projects that imitate the artists style. For example, read a short paragraph about Michelangelo's life and then mimic his technique by lying on the floor and painting the "ceiling" above (tape paper to the underside of a table for the "ceiling").
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2001
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This is a wonderful book for ways to spark an interest in both art as an activity and art history. I work with kids from ages 2 - 13 and this book has ideas that will work for most of that range. A variety of materials are suggested and the historical information helps bring perspective to the artists work, even for young minds. I highly recommend this for the home or school. I even bought one for my daughter's middle school art teacher for use at the school.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Farah Aria on April 1, 2000
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This book was very helpful in putting together my art studio curriculum. I teach fine and creative art to small children. I needed more great lessons to expand my classes...This book was so great that it dissapeared soon after my classes started...I have looked everywhere...and assume that it is a lost cause. I am here to buy a new copy. I highly recommend this book for teachers as well as parents. No child is too young to start exploring art! Especially with an enthusiastic adult!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on March 22, 2005
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As an elementary school art teacher, I refer to this book frequently when I need new ideas. It covers so many time periods and styles of art. Each page features a famous artist a small blurb about that artist, and an art activity. The difficulty of the projects range from easy to more challenging, and the prep time for the lessons range from a few minutes to more involved. It is easy enough to modify the lessons for different age groups. The back of the book has several cute art history games. I could even see this book being useful for scout leaders and after school programs. The only drawback is that there are no color photos of the artist or their work, so a good art history book or other source of color photos is essential.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Atticus Finch on May 20, 2001
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I have been looking for a new ways to teach children about art, and this book had all that I was looking for and then some. I am very impressed with the stress on the process over the finished product and the wonderfully creative approaches used to teaching children about art. A terrific book!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Kroll on March 8, 2006
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We are using this excellent book at the basis of our art curriculum this year and next year in our homeschool co-op, involving boys and girls from age 7 to 14. Each week we learn about a different artist and do at least one project. The techniques taught have all been very well done; materials are easily found and the processes realistic for our small budget program, while being of high artistic quality, really helping our children deepen their understanding and art ability.

The teacher or the students research the artist, bringing in books or prints of his/her works as examples. The only shortcoming of this book is that only one example of the artist's work (OR of a child's work) is shown in black and white per page. We found that we wanted more input in this area to truly inspire the children's creativity. We have changed some of the projects to correspond to a holiday or specific interest of our children. For example, we used the projects in the book to make several kinds of holiday cards. We include social studies in our art study as this book is written in rough chronological order. Each student has an 11 x 14 sketchbook, a pencil case, and watercolor paper. We share our other materials and buy some materials as they are needed. Each student is keeping a timeline of the artists in the front cover of the sketchbook. We have assigned some drawing as homework during the week and in the fall each student wrote a report on an artist.

The techniques in this book could easily be used with younger children and, by adding the biographic and historical elements to the study, we are extending the curriculum into high school.
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