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Old Masters Rock
How to Look at Art with Children
Enjoying art is all about responding to what you are seeing. Parents often lack confidence about how to look at art with children, however, there is no magic secret and there are no right or wrong answers. Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children demystifies western art and demonstrates that it is accessible to all of us - adults and children alike.
Old Masters Rock is a book for parents and children to look at together. It introduces the type of questions that help us discover things about a work of art and how we feel about it. Whether you are an adult or a child curiosity should be your starting point as it reveals what interests you in a painting. Features such as `Art Detectives' encourage children to solve clues and 'Fun Facts' help them remember the pictures. Throughout, the emphasis is on looking at the paintings and drawing one's own conclusions about what one is seeing.
Grouped into thirteen themes such as Animals, the Natural World, Action Heroes, Myth & Magic, Fabulous Faces and others, 50 paintings from the fourteenth century through to the early twentieth century are featured. Different styles, from the early Renaissance, through Baroque, Mannerist, Realist and Impressionist, are included.
Well-known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens, Velasquez, Constable, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh and Munch are featured, as well as less familiar artists who will quickly become favourites.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"Fresh, original, and captivating, this is a book that I'll bet many an adult will read on the sly." -- Philippe de Montebello Former Director of Metropolitan Museum, New York "A delightful introduction to Old Master painting, demystifying art history in order to make iconic pictures accessible to children and adults who are justifiably turned off by professional jargon and academic approaches." -- Gary Tinterow Director, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston "Old Masters Rock is a book to look at together, and explains the background and story behind masterpieces of the Renaissance, Baroque, Realist and Impressionist periods, as well as offering kids quirky facts about the artists and their work. The artwork reproductions are gorgeous, too." * TheSchoolRun.com * "Would be a wonderful prelude to a museum visit or a rainy-day excursion in itself." * Wall Street Journal * "[H]andsomely produced . . . an immersive, insight-rich, and accessible curator's talk." * Kirkus Reviews * "A refreshing look at Old Master paintings for both children and adults." * Leisure Painter * "shares a passion for art that will excite young art detectives and adults alike." * Armadillo * "Excellent guide to classic art. The aim of the book is to make art accessible and it certainly achieves that. It is written in an easy and accessible style and would be a really useful addition to either a primary or secondary school library." * School Librarian * "A book designed for children and parents to explore together. A fine introduction to Brueghel, Delacroix, Rembrandt and other painters that actively encourages readers to develop visual literacy through observation and imagination." * Publishers Weekly *