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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 12 years
  • Series: Art Explorers
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823025020
  • ASIN: B003H4RBGC
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,085,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5–Raimondo encourages children to look closely at, ask questions about, and thoroughly explore famous works of art. Six surrealists are each represented by one masterpiece (e.g., Salvador Dalí by The Persistence of Memory, Max Ernst by The Couple,and Frida Kahlo by Self-Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States). Each reproduction is accompanied by a short introduction and questions that require readers to take the time to examine, ponder, and imagine; two or more related hands-on art activities are also presented. In this way, youngsters have the opportunity to interpret a famous work of art in their own manner. One of the strengths of this book is the inclusion of artwork produced by children. Brief biographies of the subjects are appended. Although this offering provides only a very basic introduction to the surrealist movement, it offers a wealth of intriguing and easy-to-do activities.–Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH
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Gr. 4-6. This entry in the new hands-on Art Explorers series is tailor-made for budding artists. The focus is on surrealism, and the volume begins with a note to adults summarizing the movement and one to kids encouraging them "to see the world in a new way." One work from each of six surrealists--Dali, Miro, Magritte, Ernst, Oppenheim, and Kahlo--serves as inspiration. Appearing with it is a series of questions designed to help children think about what the artist has created. The following spreads, which are decorated with thumbnail reproductions of kids' original artwork, invite readers to create their own art. The pictures in the limelight have been carefully chosen to reflect a variety of surrealist elements, and each is a springboard for a different kind of project; kids will work in watercolor, collage, crayon resist, and clay sculpture as they learn about art history and how art enriches and reflects life. For classroom or home use, this is an intelligent approach that is also a riot of color and fun. Stephanie Zvirin
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on December 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to get kids really looking at art and responding to it. The creative activities, with step-by-step directions and lots of examples of kids' art, are perfect for homeschoolers or anyone whose school district has cut arts funding, as well as those who just want to increase a child's exposure to and understanding of great art. (You should see my daughter's Surrealist place setting with totally weird food.) Fun for all ages!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick M. Mcgarry on March 8, 2005
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"What is a television... to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen?" Salvador Dali

"Do not proceed according to rules and principles, but paint what you observe and feel." Camille Pissarro

"Nobody will give you freedom-you have to take it." Meret Oppenheim

"To be a Surrealist...means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been." Rene Magritte

Picture This and Imagine That introduce children to great artists, art concepts and allow them to become artists themselves. They are the first two books in the Art Explorers series. Picture This introduces Impressionism, Imagine That acquaints us with Surrealism. The books begin with a Note To Adults, telling how to help children explore that particular school of art. This is followed by a Note to Kids, introducing them to that school of art and to the book. This is followed by one work each from 5 or 6 artists that are representative of that particular school. Each work of art has accompanying kid-friendly information about the art and the artist, and discussion questions. Then there are a few pages of art projects, to allow the child to respond by experimenting with different techniques and materials. The instructions for the projects are clear and include illustrations of a work in progress, and examples of actual children's art projects. In the back there is a little additional information about each artist.

For example, after looking at Personal Values by Rene Magritte, children cut pictures out of a magazine to "Make a fantasy room where everyday things are seen in crazy mixed-up ways.". Step by step instructions are explained and illustrated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Mccann on February 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Celebrate the expressive ideas of the child-creativity is a gift to be nurtured in everyone."--Joyce Raimondo

IMAGINE THAT! is a study in the art of Surrealism that emerged after World War I. It is artists' response to the ravages of war through art that flows freely from the imagination and dreams, without deliberate purpose. From this thought process, artists' paintings evolved. Some of these artistic works were combined with images of actual objects and unusual or "bizarre" scenes. Some major artists represented in IMAGINE THAT! are:

**Salvador Dali

**Rene Magritte

**Max Ernst

**Meret Oppenheim

**Joan Miro & Frida Kahlo, who made noted contributions but were not considered "key" Surrealists

Surrealist artists encourage your imagination to run free and as topsy turvy as you like while harvesting those dream-like images. Make a surprise image creature, draw your dream, double your image, and make a collage or frottage. Start having fun in your world of imagination today.

Great stuff for tapping into young readers' and adults' creativity. Try the collograph creatures, the 3-D figurines, or the mystery box. Superb ideas for the art appreciation of the SURREALISM movement. I highly recommend IMAGINE THAT! Adults will also enjoy this one as well.
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Joining others in the 'Art Explorers' series for elementary-level readers is Imagine That: Activities And Adventures In Surrealism: a solid introduction for the entire family which focuses on the surrealist movement for an age group which normally doesn't receive this kind of depth in a surrealist exploration. Six great Surrealist artists invite kids to view contrasting works and use their own interpretative skills, encouraging exploration through hands-on activities. These reinforcing activities make Imagine That an exceptional introduction.
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By M. Guthrie on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I volunteer at my childs school in the art master piece program. This book was a tremendous help in coming up with ideas for the students to do.
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