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. Volume XI Number 1 . . . . September 3, 2004
Jumbo Book of Art starts with the assumption that everyone can
become an artist given imagination, knowledge and opportunity. Would-be
artists are presented with almost 100 art projects and ideas, all
developed by instructors at the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto.
These projects will appeal to children, relying heavily on their imagination
and their sense of fun. The projects are divided into four sections:
Drawing out your ideas, Creating with color, Transforming ideas into
sculpture, and Mixing up your media. Each section begins by showing
some of the projects to be created and on what page they can be found,
plus two introductory pages show some of the tools and materials needed
for that section. Each project is prefaced by a few attention-getting
sentences and an itemized list of tools and materials which will be
needed. Most of the materials used are everyday and/or low-cost items.
Easy-to-follow instructions are
Projects in each section range in difficulty from simple to complex. One of the simple projects in the Drawing section is where children are asked to trace their hand and then fill in the outline with details such as fingernails, wrinkles, hairs and knuckles. A simple project in the Painting section is the creation of a personalized colour wheel. In the Sculpture section, a moderately difficult project is the creation of an interesting landscape which incorporates some down-to-earth creatures. And in the Mixed media section, a difficult project is the creation of a flying sea serpent inspired by the myths and legends children have heard. By using varied materials such as paint, glue, chicken wire, a cardboard box, and wings made out of branches and tissue paper, a glorious flying creature emerges.
By combining her backgrounds as artist and teacher, Irene Luxbacher has created a helpful resource book filled with ideas. A glossary in the back of the book clearly defines terms used in the book and is joined by a large index made up of art techniques, projects and different media used. Art teachers, classroom teachers, parents and volunteers working in schools, after-school programs and summer camps will find numerous ideas to challenge and delight the children with whom they work. This book should be included in collections for school and public libraries, as well as recreational organizations.
Margaret Rodermond is a Curriculum Librarian in the Faculty of Education's Curriculum Laboratory at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, AB.
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