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In the paint
Ewing, Patrick, 1962-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Abbeville Kids, [1999]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes the materials, techniques, and subjects for getting started in painting.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Audubon Library ND1146 .E84 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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If you wanted to make a painting about how you like to swim, or of your friends, or about what you did last summer, would you feel comfortable doing it?
In this groundbreaking book for young artists, basketball superstar Patrick Ewing and an experienced art educator team up to create an interactive book that encourages youngsters to express themselves through paint. Ewing has long been a role model for kids because of his enormous success as a hoopster, dominating the painted area of the court. As this book reveals, he is also an accomplished painter whose landscapes were reproduced on two Private IssueTM by DiscoverTM credit cards.
Unlike other books that explain exactly how to paint a person or an object, this book inspires children to be creative-to show experiences or feelings through the medium of paint. Ewing and Louis emphasize that in painting the process of thinking and discovering is more important than the actual depiction. The authors help children discover what they can do with paint by explaining how to mix primary colors, change the consistency of paint, use brushes for special effects, and much more. But the principal focus is to encourage kids to get ideas for their paintings from meaningful events in their own lives and ask themselves such questions as "How do I get to school?" or "What fierce or friendly animals do I know?" Throughout the book, which is illustrated with paintings by children, Ewing offers words of encouragement, and he gives an account of his life "in the paint." There is also a wonderful guide for parents and teachers that provides advice on how to help kids become confident, self-sufficient painters, to foster their creativity, and excite them about the pleasures of painting.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. When NBA superstar Patrick Ewing talks about "being in the paint," he is not only referring to the painted part of the court but also to his favorite pastime: painting. Following Ewing's accessible first-person introduction to the topic, the casual yet informative narrative highlights how kids can use color, shape and texture to produce paintings that reflect their experiences and stories. Ewing's coauthor is an art educator, and it shows. She uses leading questions to focus kids' thinking ("What fierce or friendly animals do I know or can I imagine?"). In addition, she often discusses the formal aspects of art (e.g., perspective, rhythm and movement) in the context of the many large, captioned kid's paintings that brighten the book's pages. Unlike similar devices in a lot of nonfiction, the "Tips for Parents and Teachers" is practical, intelligent, and thought-provoking. This distinctive addition to the growing body of art books for young people is just what the coach ordered for artistic boys, the adults in their lives, and the bullies who would berate them (but may now think twice). --Julie Corsaro

Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-An art educator teams up with an NBA star to expose young children to the joys of learning to paint. This well-organized, how-to manual takes budding artists through a step-by-step process geared toward teaching them various techniques and to opening their minds to the unending possibilities of the art form. Beginning with Ewing's introductory remarks in which he explains his continuing interest in art, the guide is arranged into five topic areas, color coded and indexed for easy reference and covering everything from acquiring basic supplies and experimenting with different techniques to suggesting ideas intended to spark the imagination. "Tips for Parents and Teachers" round out the text. Information and instructions are given in simple, straightforward language. "Patrick Says..." quotes appear throughout, adding practical hints. The text speaks to a variety of economic levels and gives easy, homemade alternatives to costly art supplies. The book is full of colorful photographs and excellent-quality reproductions of paintings done by boys and girls ages 7-10, accompanied by their own explanations of their work. Similar in scope to Judy Martin's Painting and Drawing (Millbrook, 1993), this title will be a useful addition to art collections.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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