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About the Author

Marion Deuchars is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator with an instantly recognizable style. Her work includes covers for Penguin Books, commissions from The Guardian, New York Magazine and Jamie Oliver, as well as advertising campaigns for Volkswagen, Ford and Formula One. Her illustration and lettering is much loved and highly influential.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; Act Clr Cs edition (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185669786X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really love this book. It is creative, incredibly clever, and full of projects that are both fun and easy. Professional artist and renowned illustrator Marion Deuchars created these projects in an effort to keep her sons inspired and stimulated. Hey, if her kids need a prod here and then, I don't feel so badly about my own!

The book's core ideas are inspired by the work of twelve famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, and Leonardo da Vinci. Deuchars gives a brief introduction of each, explaining the type of art each was best known for, and then reveals several projects that relate to that specific claim. Make modern art from squiggles, try your hand at collage, conduct color experiments, re-create Mona Lisa's smile, or try painting Jackson Pollack style with paint and marbles. What will your children be inspired to create?

I like how this book is a cross between a history lesson and fifty art lessons, with a little bonus course on how easy it to use your imagination to come up with great things. I also love how varied the projects are - there is a bit of everything. Make animals from inky fingerprints, create your own color wheel and experiment mixing the colors, draw a shark in the pre-drawn tank, make a mobile from simple geometric shapes, fiddle around with tangrams, or draw circles by hand and compare them to compass drawn circles.

The projects mentioned just barely scratch the surface of what you will have to choose from! At 224 pages, the ideas are not technically "endless" but it sure feels that way. Opening this book for the first time is akin to having a bomb of creativity dropped in your lap. The next time you hear "I'm bored. There's nothing to do." you will have hundreds of suggestions at your fingertips.
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As a teacher and mother I absolutely loved this. Trying to get my 12 year old interested in anything is almost impossible, but she actually really enjoyed this as a way to introduce her to art. I have no doubt it would be ideal for younger children who are avid readers, but my daughter hates books!!! This was a great way to encourage reading and still allow her to 'interact' with art and art history!!
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I love this book. It has lots for great art activities for older kids, not like simple little "doodle" books for kids ages 7-9, I'd say this book is for about 10-13 year old kids, but I'm sure 8 or 9 year old kids would really enjoy it too. I also love how it talks about different artist and has activities having to do with their style of art. A great way to sneak some learning into fun activities for your kids.
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This book came to me through a good friend who wondered what my "older" kids would think of it... My girls are 9, 9 and 11 and they are dying to get their hands into it. My 9 year old says she likes how creative it is, you learn how to make a bird using your thumb print, and she likes how simple the instructions are, but I like how intelligent the book is. It's not a doodle book, or a "busy" book like the ones I've seen before on the "keep them busy in the car" table at the bookstores. It's much better!
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As a kid I had an old-fashioned activity book or two that I loved. My favorite was one from the 60s handed down by my mother to me. It kept me busy on many, many days. The best part of that book was that a few of the fun activities had a component that left a lingering lesson. I gained knowledge from some of the activities that I still retain today. But most of the activities were craft-oriented that were just intended to be time-fillers.

Fast-forward to the discovery of this marvelous, well thought-out book by Marion Deuchars that will fill time and fill the minds of adults and children.

From the start, this beautifully packaged book invites casual browsers, parents, and children in to have lots of fun and learn plenty.

The book's greatest appeal is in it's skill to deliver. Like Deuchars' recognizable and highly-regarded artistic style (a significant artist in her own right, I've since learned), this book presents itself as simple, consumable, and accessible, but possesses a depth and quality we benefit from but yet we may not notice. In other words, we almost don't know we're learning stuff because it's so much fun. Here, learning about famous and important artists and art is like getting a big helping of healthy veggies hidden in a meal that kids devour. In the same way we learn to enjoy vegetables as adults, kids have the potential here to appreciate great art.

It also encourages children to be creative in many different ways. I just think that's great and I imagine childhood bedrooms, desks of parents, and the occasional refrigerator will become great galleries because of this book. Nice.

I gave the book to a niece and nephew, but not after spending a lot of time drawn into the pages.
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Really fun book if you're looking to get a little creative. I gifted this book to my little sister as she loves to draw, but I had a little fun with it myself. It has some really fun and simple drawing tasks, as well as some more advanced options. Lots of space to get creative and make some art! Works best with colored pencils as most markers will leak through the page. My sister is 11 but I am in my 20s and we both really enjoy this book!
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