A Child’s Introduction to Art

Child Intro to Art

A Child’s Introduction to Art by Heather Alexander and illustrated by Meredith Hamilton is the best resource I’ve seen for parents, teachers and children to nurture an interest in art.

The next time ML’s friend SJ is over, I’m getting the art table out. Taping paper on the underside. Finding the watercolors and paintbrushes. Afterwards, they can get to work feeling what it was like to paint the ceiling of The Sistine Chapel.

In the meantime, ML and I will try to write our names in hieroglyphics using the key on page eleven. Complete the Search and Find for items in the painting A Sunday on the Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. Create a variety of shades of blue and name them according to our whims. And so much more.

The ideas for creative activities in this book, the information about famous paintings, sculptures and their creators are fantastic. However my favorite part is the “10 Questions to Ask When Looking at Art.” I’m not an art expert. These questions open the door for ML and I to start looking at art in a new way.

I don’t think the author will mind me sharing their questions. It’s just a small part of this excellent book you need to check out.

  • What do I see?
  • What else do I see?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • Why does it make me feel that way?
  • What do I think the artist was feeling?
  • What do I think the story is, if there is one?
  • What kinds of colors and shapes can I see?
  • Do I like this?
  • Why or why not?
  • Would I hang it on my bedroom wall?

I love the last question. ML is always hanging things on her bedroom wall. She will relate to that question most of all.

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