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In my efforts to rebel against the paper plate and crayon phenomena I created the kids art program "Creation Station". Every other Tuesday I pick a modern/contemporary visual artist and order some of the library's extensive monographs on that particular artist. For Black History Month, both artists were African American (Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence), for Women's History Month both artists were women (Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Murray) and so on. The children are introduced to the work and encouraged to create works of their own using a similar style. While searching for titles, I realized that there are many children's books that tell the lives of artists and pair wonderfully with monographs found in our adult collections. So with a little searching I composed a short list of picture books for Ages 5-10.
Various Artist Ages 6 and Up (All found in Children's Collection)
Get Into Art: Animals
by Susie Brooks
This book is the go-to for young children, not only does this book include an introduction to artist ranging from George Braque to Andy Warhol, but it comes along mini art lessons that are simple to do at home or the library. In last Tuesday's Creation Station: Andy Warhol, we created prints based on the stencils taught in this book, scroll down to see them!
An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work
by National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
A collection of classic renaissance art to the beginning of modern art that comes filled with activities that help your child think about art.
13 Artists Children Should Know (Series of books)
Written by Various Authors, the 13 Artists... books are a great introduction to artists, their lives and artistic thought process.
13 Art Techniques Children Should Know
by Angela Wenzel
Children will learn about the difference between collage and assemblage and prints in contrast to paintings.
My Hands Sing the Blues by Jeanne Walker Harvey Ages 6 and Up
A picture book that discusses the life and inspiration of Romare Bearden
Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield Ages 4 and Up
A book that details the life of Romare Bearden through the eyes a of a young boy from North Carolina
Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension by Sally Price Ages 10 and Up
But it can be adapted to younger audiences. After all, art is for everyone.
Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol
by Bonnie Christensen
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