Budding artists are a great boon to family members when the gift giving season is upon us. There always seems to be one more set of pens or brushes needed, and gifts that spur creativity allow the giver to feel good about their purchase. Books also tend to fall into the "feel good" category, so Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists by Marion Deuchars has got you covered on two fronts.
As a parent of two kids under the age of four, I find myself presented with paper, crayons and the command to 'Draw something' on a weekly basis. My tendency is to always revert to my fallback images—vague birds, houses and cats. After flipping through Deuchars' book, however, I am happy to report my repertoire has expanded and my confidence has increased.
Deuchars chooses artists that have influenced her own work and breaks down some basic techniques that help to define their signature style. She provides an example of her own work in that style and then walks the reader through how to achieve something similar. The beginning of the book has a nice list of recommended materials (stocking stuffer alert!) to have on hand, and throughout the book are pages that invite creativity and exploration. Blank pages, grids, stencils, colored paper and more can be found within, waiting for the reader's hand.
Not being an art student myself, I gravitated to the artists I could recognize—Warhol, Matisse, Dali, etc. But I soon found myself flipping back and forth to see who was next, or who I might have missed. And I realized what this book was all about—discovery. Not only discovering new artists or new techniques, but also discovering that you can create all types of art yourself if you break it down, take the leap and not worry too much about whether it is perfect or not. The act of creating is the point, and any book that reinforces that idea is one that deserves a spot on my shelf, and maybe a place under the tree as well.
Title: Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists
Author/Illustrator: Marion Deuchars
Publisher: Laurence King (2014)
Age group: Six and up
Best for kids who: enjoy drawing, painting and art
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists by Marion Deuchars
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