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Title:
Oxford first book of art
Author:
Wolfe, Gillian.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Summary:
An introduction to the joys of art. It includes a varied collection of images - paintings, drawings, sculptures, and textiles - from all around the world and down through the ages.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
IG 810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 3 Quiz: 28557 Guided reading level: R.
ISBN:
9780195215564
Format :
Book

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A dazzling introduction to the world of art for children, the Oxford First Book of Art boasts a rich collection of images--paintings, drawings, sculptures, and textiles--from around the world and through the ages. Gillian Wolfe uses simple, vivid language to encourage young readers to examine the art and ask questions about its contents and origin. The pictures are grouped by themes, starting with more accessible subjects--"Mother and Child" and "Faces"--and moving on to such abstract concepts as "Light," "Patterns," and "Shapes." Superb, full-color reproductions of art by traditional artists--like Mary Cassatt's "The Bath" and William Turner's "The Fighting Temeraire"--alternate with works from modern art's foremost representatives, including Picasso, Leger, Klee, and Giacometti. The selections range from French and American and to Indian and Maori paintings and sculptures. Wolfe sprinkles numerous quizzes and games among the more serious themes to provide gentle, entertaining guidance to artistically-inclined children.


Author Notes

Gillian Wolfe is Head of Education at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-4. Arranged by theme like Lucy Mickelthwait's A Child's Book of Art [BKL My 15 99], this introduction to fine art is a first-rate next step, providing a thoughtful text to go with excellent reproductions. Using vivid language, Wolfe gives children background information on each piece of art and advises about specific things to look at. She groups the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other media into topics such as "Faces" or "Light and Shade," and although there is clearly some effort here to be multicultural, the emphasis is on European paintings. Several of the spreads include art-related activities, some of which will be challenging. Also included are sections flagged with a magnifying glass labeled "Look closer," where the author asks readers to find particular things in the artwork, drawing them further into close examination. An "art detective quiz" at the book's conclusion, and a list of the artworks discussed, round out the treatment. --Susan Dove Lempke


Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-This oversized introduction highlights paintings, drawings, weavings, and sculpture from all over the world and throughout the ages. Wolfe uses examples that children will understand, such as the gentleness and tenderness between "Mother and Child" depicted in Mary Cassatt's The Child's Bath, and, in contrast, a parent's anger in Hubert von Herkomer's The Naughty Boy. Other topics include "Faces," "Figures," "Animals," "Light and Shade," and "Patterns." "That's Strange" features Ren‚ Magritte's surrealistic Golconda. Each topical double-page spread offers a "Look Closer" challenge where readers are asked to search for details in the particular pieces. A related art activity is also given. An invaluable "Picture List" offers information about where the original works are located, their sizes, the artists, and what mediums were used. Clear, full-color reproductions and photographs illustrate the text. A volume to spark children's imaginations and their interest in art.-Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

How to use this bookp. 6
Mother and Childp. 8
Facesp. 10
Figuresp. 12
Moving Figuresp. 14
Workingp. 16
Relaxingp. 18
Animalsp. 20
Imagined Creaturesp. 22
Spring and Summerp. 24
Autumn and Winterp. 26
Light and Shadep. 28
Musicp. 30
Dancep. 32
Shapesp. 34
Patternsp. 36
Letters and Numbersp. 38
That's Strangep. 40
Art Detective Quizp. 42
Picture Listp. 44
Indexp. 47