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Title:
Creatures
Author:
Thomson, Ruth, 1949-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea Clubhouse, 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Animals in art -- Texture and mood -- Making marks -- Nature's patterns -- Decorative displays -- Creatures in motion -- Modeling movement -- Color and camouflage -- In the wild -- A mythical beast -- Making monsters -- Imaginary creatures -- Just imagine -- Artists and answers.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 1.0 78717.
ISBN:
9780791079454
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Creatures, both real and imaginary, have always fascinated artists. This book looks into how rich and varied animal artwork can be. Learn about the earliest animal art work, how animal paintings can tell stories, and how to use lines and shapes to suggest animal textures.


Author Notes

Ruth Thomson is an award-winning educational author and editor, who specializes in writing books on art and history. She has an MA in Museum and Gallery Learning, and has written titles and art packs for the National Gallery, the Tate Galleries, and the Imperial War Museum. Her history books include a series about Victorian childhood, and books about the Plains Indians and Aztecs.

Thomson's title, Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust, has garnered many accolades, including being named to the 2012 ALA Notable Children's Books list and winning the 2012 ALCS Educational Writers' Award. Her interest in Terezin was sparked by research for an educational pack on Holocaust art for the London Gallery of Jewish Art.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Ruth Thomson's Portraits0 . Gr. 2-5. Combining art history with hands-on projects, these unique titles from the A First Look at Art series introduce active, creative ways to learn about visual arts. Both books feature well-known artworks, accompanied by questions and commentary that encourage readers to view images carefully and learn more about artists' techniques. In Creatures, 0 a particularly successful spread juxtaposes the serene, fuzzy feline in Tsuguhara Foujita's The Cat0 with Pablo Picasso's fierce, jagged animals in Cat and Bird0 to show how artists use line to create mood and texture. Activity pages alternate between the art instruction. A few of the projects require adult assistance and special equipment, such as computers, but there are many simple craft suggestions (the wonderful monster "wanted" posters in Creatures)0 that span the curriculum by requiring students to do basic research and create stories. Thomson's message seems to be that there's always more to notice and learn about a painting, and in direct, spare language, she offers excellent tools to help readers begin looking closely on their own. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These titles promote art appreciation through exposure to well-known works, guided viewing, thought-provoking questions, and coordinated projects. Different aspects of the featured genre are presented through a variety of artwork, both two and three-dimensional. The represented styles and periods range from Gothic to Abstract. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Grant Wood, Jacob Lawrence, Frida Kahlo, Henry Moore, Jacques-Louis David, Piero della Francesca, and others. The texts suggest additional artists and artworks for further investigation. Two pages of projects follow each two pages of appreciation lessons and serve to extend the information and ideas presented. Activities have clear directions that encourage creativity. Materials and techniques range from the familiar pipe cleaners and cardboard to digital photos. Examples of completed artworks are credited to children ages 8-11. The books conclude with short paragraphs about each artist. Teachers will find easy-to-understand art lessons and projects and students will find inspiration in these well-organized, attractive titles.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Creatures, both real and imaginary, have always fascinated artists. This book looks into how rich and varied animal artwork can be. Learn about the earliest animal art work, how animal paintings can tell stories, and how to use lines and shapes to suggest animal textures. Excerpted from Creatures by Ruth Thomson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.