Books, DVDs, and Websites
Children’s Book Briefs
A Cup for Everyone. Kate Wester-
lund, illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu.
New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2008.
Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $15.99.
Between the few lines of this simple
tale of father and son penguin potters
is an equally simple message: art and
craft are the same. The father makes
cups, displayed in rows on a double-page spread. But son Pucca “only
really enjoyed making figures, even
some that looked like his friends.”
Influenced by his father, no doubt, he
makes a sculpture into a cup which so
enthralls the other animal friends that
he soon has shelves full of these “
special” cups. This sweet story is culturally universal and contains an air of
innocence surrounding all the action
in this minidrama.
Christo and Jeanne Claude: Through
the Gates and Beyond. Jan Greenberg
and Sandra Jordan. New York, NY:
Roaring Brook Press, 2008. Illus.,
hardcover, 50 pp., $19.95.
This is the story of a major art project
some twenty-six years in the making. It is told in accessible prose with
biographical underpinnings and explanations of the tremendous obstacles
that had to be overcome. Photographs
play a major role in the telling. Some,
like the double-page scene of the
naked orange gate on a curved path
in Central Park awaiting curtains,
or the bird’s eye view of a section of
the sinuous completed project are
remarkably impressive. Other pictures
describe some of the stages in making
and assembling Gates. There are other
sections in the book showing previous projects these inventive artists
have produced around the world. This
work, beyond its own attractiveness,
is a fine resource for discussions about
these distinctive projects. Younger
readers will find delight in the photographs, while older students should
gain insights from analyzing the provided data.
—Ken Marantz is professor emeritus of art
education at Ohio State University.
Art Display Cards: Art Styles.
Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions.
$29.95 for set of 32 cards.
Art Display Cards: Art Styles provides
quick visual and text reference for art
styles ranging from prehistoric cave
art to contemporary installation art.
Each card is scored in the center so
that it can be folded in half without
harming the card. Use the opened
cards to display as a timeline, or use
them one at a time to illustrate a style
as it is taught. Fold the cards in half to
use as flashcards for review or testing.
Because the full-color 18 x 6" ( 45 x 15
cm) display cards are printed on heavy
stock, they stand and can be placed on
desktops. The cards offer a clear and
concise reference for more than two
dozen art styles and are appropriate for
art teacher-preparation programs.
—Pam Stephens is associate professor of
education at Northern Arizona University,
Drawing from the Manikin. Elkins
Park, PA: On Air Video Incorpo-
rated, 2008. DVD, 77 mins., $14.95.
Drawing from the Manikin introduces
viewers to figure drawing through the
use of a wooden manikin. Artist Larry
Withers demonstrates how to draw a
series of ovals and circles to create the
anatomy of the figure and the outline
of the form. He also demonstrates adding contour lines to show the curves
of the muscles. A sequential demonstration features Withers describing the names of the different body
parts. Withers then shows viewers
how to shade figures to create a sense
of realism. A list of chapters shows
the different poses, and each chapter
describes a different perspective of
anatomy. Included with the DVD is
a CD containing nine screen shots of
the manikin being posed, which can
be printed for later reference. This
DVD is recommended for upper-grade
—Cindy Hasio is a Ph.D. student and
teaching fellow from the University of
North Texas, Denton, Texas.
CoreFX by Core Learning Ltd. Logo-tron Limited, 2002–2005. System
requirements: Windows Vista, XP,
or 2k. Mac OSX 10. 39 or higher.
CoreFX is a unique program containing a wide range of drawing and
painting tools, as well as comprehen-