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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: Arcimboldo
by Pépito Lopez and Sylvia Pouradier Duteil
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 Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s paintings. He created extraordinary and entertaining pictures using images of flowers, fruit, vegetables and even animals. One of his most famous set of paintings were the series entitled ‘The Four Seasons’ - ‘Spring’, ‘Summer’, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’ (reproduced here).
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: Alexander Calder, Sonia Delaunay, Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.