SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2013

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reSOurce cenTer Book and Website Reviews children's Book Briefs How to Draw the Meanest, Most Terrifying Monsters and How to Draw the Coolest, Most Creative Tattoo Art. Mike Nash and Carlo Molinari. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2012. Illus., hardcover, 48 pp., $30.65 each. In this interesting and accessible series of drawing books, readers will learn step-by-step techniques for drawing and coloring amazing monsters and tattoos. Of special interest are the vocabulary-building highlights and "factoid" statements on each page intended to engage and empower readers. Drawing and inking techniques build skill while tips, tricks, and design information challenge young artists. This relevant and inspirational series is especially great for elementary and middle-school students. The Taj Mahal is one of the most photographed structures in the world. A quick Web search yields seven million photos. Yet to see Felice Beato's image from 1860, you would think nothing had changed (minus the invention of color photography). Beato's composition is just as good, if not better, than the majority of those seven million images online. This book provides an overview of the history of photography with an emphasis on photojournalism. It chronicles major global events up to 2011, and provides excellent stories behind some of the most iconic photographs. The metamorphosis of photography is well documented—from the first daguerreotypes, to studio portraits, to the first war photographs. The corresponding timelines help provide a context for what was happening in the world when the images were created. This book is a useful resource for history, journalism, art, or humanities classes. Reviewed by Kate Wentworth, an art teacher at Shanghai American School in China. Web reviews Reviewed by Sharon Warwick, an art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas. Bookmarks Matisse for Kids 50 Photos You Should Know. Brad Finger. New York, NY: Prestel, 2012. Illus., softcover, 160 pp., $19.95. 46 August/September 2013 SchoolArts The Baltimore Museum of Art's "Matisse for Kids" is a whimsical animated romp through the paintings of Henri Matisse. Accompanied by music and sound effects, Raoudi, the artist's schnauzer, leaps from Interior with Dog to introduce his master. He guides the exploration of "Props," "Patterns," and "Color" in four paintings from the museum's noted collection. Along the way, quotes and historic photographs of Matisse in his studio appear. The first quiz introduces some of the "Props"; favorite objects included in the paintings, including a Chinese vase and an eight-sided table from Morocco. Raoudi barks at a right answer and whines at a wrong answer, and when the question is correctly answered, the object is added to a portfolio. Patterns in Purple Robe and Anemones can be fitted back into the paintings like a puzzle and then added to the portfolio. A color wheel provides another puzzle activity, and at its completion joins the objects in the portfolio, along with the woman in the purple robe and two colorful patterns. After the activities have been completed, you can choose from your collection of colors, patterns, and props to create your own Matisse-inspired artwork that can be signed and printed. The Baltimore Museum contains the largest and most significant collection of works by Matisse in the world—more than 500 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. They were gifts from the Cone sisters, heirs to a successful textile business, who traveled widely and also collected works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, and several American artists, as well as antiquities, decorative arts, and art from Japan and Africa. Read more about these fascinating collectors and see a slide show at cone.html#. Reviewed by Rebecca Arkenberg, a museum consultant from Stratford, Connecticut.

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