Monday, March 22, 2010

A review for Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month, and in honor of this I am reviewing a number of titles about art, artists, and art history. Today I have a review of a book that quite frankly blew me away. This is one of those picture books that will resonate with adults as well as children. I recently started drawing with pen and ink and am now adding color to my pictures, so I found this book particularly pertinent to my art journey.

I am an artist
Pat Lowery Collins
Illustrated by Robin Brickman
Picture Book
Ages 6 and up
Lerner, 1992, 978-1-56294-729-3
    Some people think that an artist is simply someone who can paint, or draw, or sculpt; that an artist is someone who creates. This is true of course, but an artist is also someone who sees the little things that many of us miss. An artist sees the big picture when the rest of us are too busy to notice what is going on around us. An artist is someone who can imagine and think outside the box.
   In this gorgeous and thought provoking book the author’s simple lyrical words and the illustrator’s beautiful illustrations combine to show readers of all ages that being an artist is about observing, exploring, using your imagination, and letting yourself enjoy each moment to the fullest. In a world where so much emphasis is placed on finishing a project, this book embraces the whole art making experience, highlighting the fact that being an artist is not just about the doing, but it is also about experiencing the doing.

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Aaron Mead said...

Another excellent book in this vein is My Name is Georgia, by Jeanette Winter. It is a beautiful children's book about Georgia O'Keefe and her work. We picked it up at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe last summer on a road trip. My kids love it! Highly recommend it!

Marya Jansen-Gruber said...

I have read and reviewed this book. It was marvelous.