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What's the Big Idea?: Activities and Adventures in Abstract Art (Art Explorers) Hardcover – January 8, 2008

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  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Art Explorers
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From a mixed-up green face to a mobile that changes, abstract art is explored for kids using a little under fifty pages of full color art blended with questions and ideas for children ages 5-12. From easy art projects supporting art examples to color pictures of works by famous artists, WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES IN ABSTRACT ART is a winning art survey.
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What's the Big Idea? Follows in the style of Joyce Raimondo's other books in this series. I teach art education on a college level and use her books as a way to help my students understand that when you are creating art with children it is not just the activity or experience of making art that is fundamental. It is the balance that comes from discussions of looking at art that provides open ended thinking and questioning that prepares students to be creative. It is a process that encourages risk taking and validates expression in art.
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The book is great fun. Every book in this series are absolute winners. If you are looking for something to try as a parent or teacher, with kids, this is a good book for you. You don't have to know anything about art to create awesome stuff. Simple directions, simple materials, and each project comes with a quick bit of background (kid-friendly, ie, short AND interesting)to lead you on your way. Helps kids understand why artists did things the way they did and open ended enough to make everyone feel successful.
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This book targets the older elementary school children and focuses only on abstract art. To be even more specific, the author discusses the styles of six artists and talks about how we can create our projects inspired by the masters.

Joyce starts with Picasso's cubism, talks about the elements of his art and provides suggestions to make ' faces with feelings'. She then wraps up Picasso session with photographs of child-made collages/models/sculptures made with a wide variety of material from paper and glue to lego blocks to strips of coiled paper arranged in a careful order.

The other artists discussed are Matisse, Leger, O'Keeffe, Calder and Gorky.

The book's motto is "art as a springboard for expression" and manages to successfully accomplish it.
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Great book that takes big art ideas and breaks them down so they are easily understood
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