SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

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Resource Center Books, Software, and Websites Children's Book Briefs Ken Marantz Henri, Egg Artiste. Marcus Pfister. New York, NY: North South Books, 2007. Illus., softcover, 32 pp., $15.95. And why shouldn't a story about an egg-painting rabbit be humorous? There's a message here about creativity as we watch Henri refuse to paint yet another batch of Easter eggs the same as he had done in previous years. "Inspiration struck" and what he produced were egg paintings with images borrowed from artists such as Rembrandt, da Vinci, Dalí, and even an unknown ancient Egyptian painter. The end pages supply brief comments about these artists as well as small reproductions. The visual narrative is told in watercolor scenes describing details of Henri's studio, his wife Henrietta, and the bucolic setting. He is a real charmer with his glasses and brushes in his mouth, and his fresh attitude about picture-making highlights the essential individuality of art. A Picture for Marc. Eric Kimmel, full of anecdotes describing Marc's family and his first art teacher, with an amusing day spent in his father's herring factory included to enhance his resolve to become an artist. Trueman's fourteen full-page, black-andwhite drawings add significantly to the tale by creating sympathetic characters, stylized to increase emotional content with lighthearted results. He adds many of his interpretations of Chagall's pictures, perhaps as an invitation to readers to seek out original artworks. The full-color portrait of Marc involved in picture-making on the paper jacket sets the tone for this attractive introduction to a major modern artist's life. Elementary youngsters should enjoy this approach to art history. the commitment to include art in the daily curriculum. Descriptions of creative learning areas in a safe environment, strategies for experimental use of media to guide students in conversation about art, and reinforcement for collaboration with art specialists are included. This book is an exciting and important contribution in support of integrating art in all subject areas in early arts education. —Ken Marantz is professor emeritus of art education at Ohio State University. Art Is Fundamental: Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School. Eileen S. Prince. Bookmarks Rebecca Martin The Colors of Learning: Integrating the Visual Arts into the Early Childhood Curriculum. Rosemary illustrated by Matthew Trueman. New York: Random House, 2007. Illus., hardcover, 112 pp., $11.99. Althouse, Margaret H. Johnson, and Sharon T. Mitchell. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2003. Illus., softcover, $17.95. This fictional biography is set in a small rural Russian town at the turn of the twentieth century, in Vitebsk, "The Dullest Town in the World." Young Marc, a very poor Jewish boy, has a major imagination—one that transforms this banal environment into the sort of pictures we see in books and museums. The writing is Celebrate the joy of learning as a process of observation, inquiry, exploration, and discovery. These educators plan and create in-depth learning opportunities based on individual student needs. They combine research on best practice and real-life classroom conversations in early childhood settings to reflect positive results from 58 December 2008 SchoolArts Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press. Illus., softcover, 190 pp., $19.95. Exploring the basic vocabulary of art can serve as a springboard to many wonderful hands-on projects in the classroom. This book offers tried and true lessons with guiding commentary on successful delivery by the author, a thirty-year veteran art teacher. The scope and sequence layout of six units (color, value, texture, shape, line, form) covers introductory and developmental projects over the course of two years. The principles of art are included in additional units during the third year. Suggestions for creating a portfolio provide special insight on the unique advantages of this form of evaluation. Although designed for grades one through three, lessons are adaptable to various levels. This publication will inspire current teachers in the field, provide a viable resource for university professors, and, is indispensable for new art teachers. —Rebecca Martin is director of education outreach at the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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