Saturday, February 23, 2013
Picture Book Review: Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture
Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture
Written and Illustrated by: Nancy Elizabeth Wallace with Linda K. Friedlaender
Published by: Marshall Cavendish Children, 2012
* My almost 7 year-old daughter is a budding artist. She loves any type of crafty, creative arts and crafts type project. I recently had a watercolor that she painted, of a fish in an ocean scene, matted and framed. She made it in art class in Kindergarten but it seriously looks professional! She did not get this talent from me. My husband definitely passed down the artist genes to her. When I saw this book on the shelf at the library I thought that it might interest her and introduce her to a new medium.
In this book three mice see a poster for a Celebrate Sculpture! event at the local art museum. Of course they decide to go. The mice look at different exhibits of actual images of real sculptures. They are mainly interested in the sculpture from the invitation (and also on the cover of the book) "Four Rectangles with Oblique Circles, 1966" by Barbara Hepworth. The mice talk about the shapes and material the sculpture is made of as they observe the piece. They then sketch and sculpt their own versions of what they see. There is a lot of great art vocabulary introduced, like lines, shading, flat vs. 3-D, and texture. I also liked how the mice went on a museum walk, with their hands behind their backs. When my daughter was asked why are they walking with their hands behind their backs she was able to conclude that you shouldn't touch things at a museum (unless of course it's a Children's museum!). At the end of the book the author explains what sculpture is and provides more examples. She also gives instructions on creating Paper SHAPE Sculptures. Detailed info about each of the sculptures in the book is also provided at the end. This was a book that was enjoyed by us all.
Reading this book motivated my husband and I to think about taking our kids to an art museum. We've been to many children's museums but I think the kids are old enough now to visit the Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Modern Art (the MOMA). NYC is only a short train ride away. This is something that we definitely plan to do in the next few months!
This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.
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