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The award-winning Art Explorers series sparks children’s creativity as they discover the world’s great artists. Each book features questions for discussion, color pictures of famous artworks, information on the lives of the artists, and fully illustrated art projects that kids can do at home or in school.

Published by Random House, NY

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA! Activities and Adventures in Abstract Art

A green face that’s all mixed up. A messy painting swirling with paint. A gigantic flower filled with designs. That’s abstract art: imaginative artworks created with bold colors, shapes, and lines. Let six great artists—Picasso, Matisse, Calder, O'Keefe, Gorky, and Leger -- show you what creativity is all about! Then, make your own amazing abstract art. Paint a wild face like Picasso, or create colorful cutouts like Matisse. Create a whimsical mobile inspired by Calder. What will your IMAGINATION create?


MAKE IT POP! Activities and Adventures in Pop Art

Imagine a giant soft hamburger that your can lay on! Picture your favorite movie star with blue hair and hot pink skin! That's Pop Art: imaginative masterpeices that transform popular people and things into whimsical works of art. Discover thought-provoking art by six great Pop artists -- Warhol, Lichtenstein, and others. Then create your own Pop art prints, sculptures, and collages. Mold a fast food feast of out clay, print a colorful celebrity portrait, or sculpt a gigantic ice cream treat that's as big as you! What will YOU create?


EXPRESS YOURSELF! Activities and Adventures in Expressionism

Whirling lines! Bold colors! A wild face that's green! That's expressionism: exciting paintings full of emotions. Discover how six modern artists from van Gogh to Pollock express their feelings in art. Then express your emotions with more than 25 fun-filled projects. Print a funny face, create a colorful mask, swirl paint to get your energy out! Show in art how YOU feel.


Activities and Adventures in Impressionism


Colorful flowers bursting into bloom. Happy People dancing and laughing. That's Impressionism: lively paintings that capture the beauty of a fleeting moment in time, full of light and color. Discover how Impressionist artists capture the seasons or a special moment in the day in masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, and Pissarro. Then let your creativity soar with more than 25 projects inspired by the Impressionists. Paint a gorgeous garden or a fiery sunset. What SPECIAL TIMES will YOU make into art?


IMAGINE THAT! Activities and Adventures in Surrealism


Combs the size of your bed. Fur lined teacups! That's Surrealism; strange and sometimes silly art that explores dreams and the world of the imagination. Explore a world of the dreams and fantasy in Surrealist masterpieces by Dalí, Magritte, Miró, Kahlo, Ernst, and Oppenheim. Then let your imagination run wild with more than 25 fantastic art projects inspired by the Surrealists. Make a mixed up collage creature with a hamburger for a head or a monster sculpture with feather earings? What can YOU IMAGINE?


ART SAFARI Collage Kit The Museum of Modern Art

Discover fantastic animals in artworks by Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and other modern masters. Then let your imagination run wild as you create your own animal masks and collages using exotic animal print paper, fake furry, wiggly eyes, sequins and more. The kit contains a full color book featuring animals in art and everything necessary for making up to eight amazing animal collages.

Published by Chronicle Books. Currently out of print.

ART SAFARI: An Adventure in Looking, for Children and Parents at The Museum of Modern Art

Art Safari is a journey, an adventure in looking at modern masterpieces in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Highlighting eight artworks that feature animals, it encourages children to look, to question, and to talk about what they see. It offers suggestions for follow up art activities and blank pages for drawing.

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Currently out of print.

Imagine That! endorses these art books for young people by
other acclaimed authors.

by Helen A. Harrison, Director of Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

The Jackson Pollock Box, an art kit for young people, is designed to illuminate Pollock and his creative process. Inside the box are materials for projects based on Pollock's techniques, including stain painting, gesture drawing and collage, and a lavishly illustrated 103 page book that provides an intimate, accessible introduction to the artist and his art.

In addition to discussing Pollock's life and work, and his relationship with his wife, the painter Lee Krasner, the book features his own explanations of what he was doing, and a selection of critical pros and cons. There is also a chapter on the importance of his move to Springs, Long Island, where his art underwent a radical breakthrough that was strongly influenced by his rural surroundings and the natural environment.

Geared to ages 10+


Published by Cider Mill Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster

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