Synopses & Reviews
is a dynamic, beautifully illustrated guide to teaching young people how to look at art. Acclaimed art educator Gillian Wolfe selected 18 paintings from around the world and across art history to help develop the art of "seeing" a painting from all perspectives--the most important skill in learning about art. Brilliant color reproductions and engaging instructions guide us to actively think about what we see when we look at art:
· Are we looking UP at flying trapeze artists or DOWN at clowns in the circus ring?
· What's happening THROUGH the archway in the background or BEHIND a posed group of children where a cat is staring at a pet bird?
· What happens when you turn a picture upside down?
· How does the artist make a picture look like the characters in it are moving quickly?
· How can you tell if a train interior is old-fashioned?
· What are the clues that a family at the dinner table is in the country?
Written especially for children but with a light-hearted approach that will delight adults as well, Look! is an ingenious approach to teaching children to enjoy art.
"Work from the Renaissance to the present day is represented, and subjects include trapeze artists, clowns, trains, animalsm and children....Questions and activities on each spread encourage intense viewing.... Overall, a good introduction to different ways of looking at art." -- School Library Journal
"Look up. Look down. Look all around. Art educator Gilliam Wolfe selected paintings from around the world and throughout art history to help readers develop the art of seeing a painting from different perspectives. Look! Zoom in on Art! makes art appreciation fun and new by unveiling the secrets behind the world's greatest paintings." -- NEA Today
"The simple techniques for examining art thoughtfully and the springboards for complementary art projects make this a useful resource for art appreciation units." -- The Horn Book Guide
"Books that try to explain these concepts typically overcomplicate and confuse. This one, with its simple language and carefully chosen artworks, is a completely involving guide to perspective and detailed looking." -- The Sunday San Diego Union-Tribune
About the Author
is Head of Education at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. She is the author of the Oxford First Book of Art
, which was awarded the Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award.
Table of Contents
Look up -- Look down -- Look outside -- Look inside -- Look through -- Look behind -- Look close up -- Look all around -- Look quickly -- Look again -- Look and stare -- Look, but peek -- Look if you can -- Look inwards -- Look it up.