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Mike Venezia is the author of several nonfiction books for children.
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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Childrens Pr (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516422987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516422985
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I took last summer my two daugthers, age 6 and 9 to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They loved it and each one choose her favorita artist. The younger one, Isabel, loved Picasso. Who doesn't?. My older daughter, Camila loved the american artist Jackson Pollock, she sat in front of his masterpiece One, admiring all that aparently no-sense. Its beautiful, she told me, and I sure can do that. She's not very good in art class and she felt identified with this painter's work. Wanting to explain his art I found a wonderful book, part of a series written by Mike Venezia about the great artists. In the case of Jackson Pollock, the author mixing words, comics and paintings explains in a fun way the wonders of the work of this artist. Pollock was the brother of a painter and went to study art as his brother did in New York, he tought he wasn't very good at it. But working and studyng with contemporary painters helped to create his personal style making him one of America's biggest contemporary artist. Try explaining that to your kid, don't bother. Mike Venezia will do the job.
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Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series is dedicated to the principle of introduction children to art and artists in fun ways. His primary way of doing that is to draw engaging cartoons that highlight not only biographical information about his subjects, but which also focus on key elements of the artist's work. That means this book about Jackson Pollock plays to Venezia's strengths, and he gets to do two jokes about using an eggbeater. If you count the front and back covers, Venezia gets to do nine of his cartoons, which may not be a record but it sure seems like one for this series, which also provides solid introductions to great artists from Da Vinci to Dali.

This book begins by pointing out that Pollock was one of hte greatest artists of the 20th century and that he was best known for huge paintings made by slapptering, throwing, and dripping paint onto this canvases. Then Venezia spends the rest of this informative and entertaining volume explaining how the latter leads to the former. Young readers learn how Pollock painted, what his work was called (Abstract Expressionism) versus what he called it (Action Painting), and how they emphasized emotions and energey rather than recognizable objects. The middle part of the books covers the key aspects of Pollock's life, but the best part is when Venezia details how Pollock developed his style, because that is where young readers are going to get a mini-education in art history.

Early on Pollock was trying to paint like Thomas Hart Benton, and Venezia contrasts Benton's "Arts of the West" with Pollock's "Going West," to show how that did not really work out.
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Informative book about the late author for elementary school level children. Also a great artist to study and try to replicate. My students have a blast learning about Jackson Pollock then creating their own splattered masterpiece!
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I used the book to bring artist into the classrooms of pre-k students and then we made our own splatter paint. the parents were amazed how their children remembered the name of the artist and the technique he used in his paintings
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Venezia is a master at making subjects that might not interest younger children interesting to them and to yourself. You might even learn a little bit yourself. Top rating.
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I love the artist books by Mike Venezia. He does a great job presenting each artist in a fun way for kids with bright and colorful pictures throughout the books.
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We read it every night for a week, and now from time to time. He knows all about Jackson Pollock! I think the cartoons make it fun for kids.
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All of the books in this series are great to teach young kids about artist and their styles. My kids enjoyed reading them over and over.
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