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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)
How to Talk to Children About Art
by Francoise Barbe-Cole
Age Range: 12+
Aimed at adults rather than children, this will be an invaluable resource for
teachers and parents who struggle to answer questions from the inquisitive
mind of young children on the subject of art. It assumes no previous artistic
or historical knowledge and it is not an art textbook.
There are three main sections: the first part prepares you for a visit to a museum or art gallery and it has short but useful tips on what are the main problems and the areas that may interest children; the second section looks at different types of painting and covers techniques, portraits, landscapes, religious paintings and others; the third and last section examines 30 different types of paintings by great artists from fifteenth century religious artwork to twentieth century abstracts. Each picture has the basic information of title, date, painter and technique used as well as an examination of single details, a wide range of possible questions and their respective answers and an analysis of the work against its socio-historical background.
This is a wonderful and unique resource that will help children to appreciate paintings and to look at them in a totally different way, but will also be an invaluable tool for all those eager to promote art amongst children and adults alike. Simple language, concise text and short paragraphs make this book easy to read and understand.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet Publishing, 2005)