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Using shadows in art
Richardson, Joy.
Personal Author:
North American edition, U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukee : Gareth Stevens Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Discusses how artists have used light and shadow for strong visual and emotional effects in their paintings. Suggests ways to experiment with and paint light.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Light and dark. Original ed. c1997.

Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 4285.
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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.

Light and shadows influence the way we look at art. In this book, see how artists use light to make their paintings come to life. Readers find out how colors make shadows and how shadows can change the shapes of objects. Beginning artists are then encouraged to paint light for themselves.

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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.