I often take the Madhouse kids out to museums and other places that can be deemed of cultural interest, but I always tend to shy away from art galleries. Part of the reason is that I'm not sure they'd find it very interesting but another even bigger part is that my own artistic knowledge is sadly lacking so I'd find it hard to present works of art and artistic techniques in an engaging way.
Having received a fabulous new art book though, I've now become a lot more inspired in finding exciting hands-on ways to introduce the Madhouse kids (and myself) to classic works and techniques in sculpture, textiles, ceramics and other 3D art forms.
The book includes 36 fun and creative activities inspired by 18 masterpieces of three-dimensional art, from Ancient Greece to the present day. It presents the work of art ...
Then explains the techniques.
And then encourages you and your children to experiment with these techniques in a fun, family-friendly project. It's given me loads of great ideas for enjoyable artistic projects during the holidays, and if I can make them educational as well as fun, that's definitely a win-win situation. You don’t need to know anything about art history, because a short explanation of each sculpture, ceramic, textile or installation is given along with the activities, as well as suggestions for how to explore the artworks further. Most importantly you don’t even need to be able to draw, because all the projects are simple, easy to follow and designed with children in mind.
Projects include Rodin’s The Thinker, Grayson Perry’s Rosetta Vase and Alphone Mucha’s Young Girl with Flowers. Every activity contains a detailed materials list and clear step-by-step instructions paired with photographs and top tips from the authors.
To enhance your adventures in art, you will find artists’ biographies, a helpful glossary of art-related terms and a list of locations where you can see the featured artworks in person at the back of the book. Furthermore the ‘Tools of the trade’ page will give you some extra pointers that will help you make the most out of each activity.
3D Art Adventures
Over 35 Creative, Artist-Inspired Projects in Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles and More
by Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw
Published by Modern Books - June 2016
Hardback, £14.99, Full colour throughout
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UK only. Closing date : 14/7/16
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