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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Sticker Art Shapes: Alexander Calder
by Slyvie Delpech and Caroline Leclerc
Age Range: 6-8
The Sticker Art Shapes series from France are a fun way for children to discover the works of some of the world’s most famous artists while at the same time enabling them to create their own unique masterpiece.
This book explores six of American artist Alexander Calder ‘s paintings. He is best known for his mobiles composed of geometrical shapes. He also created huge free-standing, sheet metal sculptures which he called ‘stabiles’.
At the front of the book is a helpful page of information about the artist, his life and work that will help to put the paintings into context.
Children can look at the original work and then try out their own version on the opposite page by arranging the re-useable stickers. They can experiment with colours, shapes and composition to recreate the original or produce their own individual piece of art.
Other titles in the series are: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Sonia Delaunay, Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.