SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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resource ceNTer Books and Videos Reviewed by Pam Stephens, a member of the SchoolArts advisory board and associate professor of art education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. spoken text, this book will help art educators explain how context and meaning often drive the creation of modern art. Bookmarks children's Book Briefs Reviewed by Pam Stephens, a member of the SchoolArts advisory board and associate professor of art education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Video reviews The Color of the Night. Hélène Kérillis and Vanessa Hié. New York, NY: Prestel, 2012. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $14.95. Based upon the authors' liberal and personal interpretation of Paul Gauguin's 1892 painting, Arearea (Happiness) this colorful picture book encourages young readers to consider stories that works of art can tell. Each page is illustrated with Gauguininspired images similar to those created by the artist while he lived in Tahiti. This book presents an imaginative narrative that involves the Queen of the Night, the Queen of the Day, a young boy and his dog, and a group of children from a small village. When the characters meet and talk about their ideas, a magical experience occurs that transforms everyone in the village into individuals who are able to express individual values and emotions. Originally written in French and then translated to English, much of the vocabulary will pose a challenge to emerging readers. For this reason, teachers may choose to read the book aloud or simply provide opportunities for children to view the colorful pages. Perhaps the most important element of this book is that it provides motivation for children to look closely at works of art, find clues within them, and make personal interpretations or develop stories suggested by the artworks. 42 February 2013 SchoolArts Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained. Susie Hodge. New York, NY: Prestel, 2012. Illus., softcover, 224 pp., $17.95. Let's face it. We have all had the experience of being in a gallery of modern art when someone disparagingly says, "I could've done that!" or "My grandbaby could have made that!" In this cleverly written book, author and artist Susie Hodge offers unpretentious, brief information about 100 modern works of art and their creators; information that explains why the artworks are important. More importantly, Hodge's book helps readers to understand modern art so that a deeper appreciation can be gained. The book is divided into five chapters with engaging titles such as "Toys/Objects" and "People/Monsters." Each work of art is presented in a two-page, full-color spread. Accompanying each artwork are five symbols to guide the reader towards better understanding, the most important being the "?" symbol, which tells why the artwork is considered a masterwork and therefore why a five-year-old could not have created the piece. Art teachers will find this to be an indispensable, well-organized guide that employs impartial examination of modern works of art. With its plain- Creating a Clay Whistle. Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions. DVD, 20 minutes, $29.95. Luis Perez is a musician and artist who introduces clay whistle construction with traditions from Mesoamerican cultures. In this new video from Crystal Productions, Perez demonstrates playing techniques with forming configurations and strategies in ceramics. He also demonstrates basic principles of symmetrical and asymmetrical construction and design. There are step-by-step instructions for making an acoustic chamber, creating apertures, making a beveled edge, and constructing the mouthpiece and finger holes. He offers examples of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic sculpture and the use of glazes, oxides, and colorants. This is a terrific resource for art teachers, social studies teachers, and parents, and is most suitable for students in grades six through twelve. Reviewed by Sharon Warwick, an art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas.

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