A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures

The newest volume in Black Dog’s best-selling, award-winning Child’s Introduction series explores the fascinating world of art and artists and includes do-it-yourself art projects throughout.

In the tradition of Black Dog’s best-selling Child’s Introduction books, which include The Story of the Orchestra and A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky, A Child’s Introduction to Art introduces kids ages 9 through 12 to the art world’s most famous painters, styles, and periods, all brought to life through full-color photographs of 40 masterpieces, as well as charming original illustrations.

The book highlights 40 painters and sculptors, including Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Diego Velasquez, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol, providing information on their life, inspirations, influences, technique, and a full-color photo of one of their signature works of art. It also includes an overview of various styles and periods (Renaissance, Impressionism, Cubism, etc.), instruction on how to view and appreciate art, and information on the color wheel and other tools artists employ.

Fun art projects throughout, such as Can You Find It?, Q-tip pointillism, making a stained-glass window with tissue paper, and Spatter Paint like Pollock, allow kids to learn about painting techniques and explore their own artistic abilities. Also includes five masterpiece paintings to color.

Meredith Hamilton’s witty illustrations add another dimension to the excellent text and photographs.

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3 Comments

  1. My favorite elem art book resource! Love this book. I teach 1st-12th visual art. Each page is visual and easy to read. Has interesting background info w/o having a lot to read. Perfect for the busy elem art teacher. Also impressed by the projects. I wish more art books were layed out this way. Covers all the artsts i would want to teach kids about (and them some).

  2. This book is great introduction to art This book is great introduction to art, styles and artists. Bonus: it’s appropriate for the art room=no nudes. It’s easy to read, interesting and has great projects based on the art.

  3. Beautiful Book! Lovely book with lots of detailed information. A great addition to our art library! It’s nice to see the mix of art elements and art history in one book for kids.

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