Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces

Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw. Chicago Review (IPG, dist.), $19.99 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-0-912777-04-7
This companion to Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures presents 36 projects inspired by classic works of art. The book’s eight sections introduce themes relating to art fundamentals (color, shape), subjects (animals, myths), and types of work (landscapes, portraiture). Projects include using glue to create a three-dimensional version of an Albrecht Dürer portrait (“This project concentrates on the line of a portrait rather than its color”), creating a snow globe inspired by a circular winter landscape from Barent Avercamp, and decorating a “story box” based on Paolo Uccello’s St. George and the Dragon. The projects are well-targeted to the target audience, and their transformative nature—using paintings as inspiration to create masks, paperweights, sculptures, and more—smartly emphasizes how inspiration can take an artist down surprising paths. Ages 6–up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/28/2017
Release date: 09/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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