Cover image for Looking at faces in art
Looking at faces in art
Richardson, Joy.
Personal Author:
North American edition, U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukee, Wis. : Gareth Stevens Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Explores how artists catch facial expressions in paint and suggests how readers can try painting portraits.
General Note:
Originally published: Making faces. London : Watts, c1997.

Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 4284.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Newstead Library ND1300 .R53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Angola Public Library ND1300 .R53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library ND1300 .R53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Collins Library ND1300 .R53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library ND1300 .R53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



Using works by great masters as examples, How to Look at Art explores how artists throughout the centuries have portrayed motion, color, light, distance, and more through their paintings. Beginning artists will first see a work in full, then the same painting broken down into details. Finally, young artists will be able to use these examples to create their own masterpieces.

Faces can show lots of different expressions. In this book, readers take a closer look at how great artists have caught various expressions in paint. Details of the paintings are pointed out as examples, allowing beginning artists to try their own hand at painting faces.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-In simple, succinct phrases, Richardson describes famous paintings by renowned artists. Each two-page spread takes a look at a different work of art; the left-hand pages present a full-color reproduction while on the right a number of details in close-up views are accompanied by questions or comments. For example, when viewing Domenico Ghirlandaio's Portrait of a Girl in Faces, readers are asked to notice the color of the subject's skin, the lines under her eyes, and the light on her hair, and to offer an opinion on whether or not she is smiling. Studies in perspective are featured in Distances. The sky seems to touch the ground in Edgar Degas's Beach Scene, while foreground figures loom dramatically large in Paolo Uccello's The Rout of San Romano. In Shadows, the effectiveness of light, darkness, and their contrast is explored in Geertgen tot Sint Jans's The Nativity, at Night, Jan Vermeer's The Lacemaker, and in many other masterpieces. Observant youngsters will see where the different sources of light originate and how strong light makes colors brighter and shadows deeper. Each title has a few activities. While the questions and suggestions posed by the author will help children become more discerning when examining paintings, they do get somewhat repetitious. However, like a number of other recently published art series, these titles will introduce young students to terms, techniques, and a broad range of styles.-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.

Google Preview