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Hands on Art--December 2012

Look! Look! Look! Hands on Art

If your preschooler can't get enough of cutting, drawing and painting, check out Hands on Art at the Main Library this Friday at 11 am. This program features simple art for the very young (ages 2-5) plus stories and songs. Hands on Art focuses on activities that, not only encourage creativity, but also build the skills children need for kindergarten. The books below will also increase your child's knowledge of art and the world around him. So check them out and head downtown on Friday, January 4th at 11 am with your own pint-sized Picasso for free, fun, Hands on Art!


Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalben
Amazon Says: Circles and squares! Squiggles and wiggles and stripes! When Jansen the mouse discovers the art of such greats as Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, the bright, bold colors and sha more...
Amazon Says: Circles and squares! Squiggles and wiggles and stripes! When Jansen the mouse discovers the art of such greats as Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, the bright, bold colors and shapes capture her imagination and spark her creativity. Join Jansen on a colorful tour of contemporary art in this new work from an acclaimed author and illustrator. Mousterpiece is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012 less...
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Art & Max by David Wiesner
Amazon Says: Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two fri more...
Amazon Says: Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he's courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart. less...
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Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Amazon Says: After sneaking into a museum, three tiny mice discover that sculptures can be big or little, textured or smooth, and made with different materials. Some stand alone, others ar more...
Amazon Says: After sneaking into a museum, three tiny mice discover that sculptures can be big or little, textured or smooth, and made with different materials. Some stand alone, others are in a group, and still others move. The mice look at the front, the back, and the sides of a slate sculpture by Barbara Hepworth. They see shapes, and shapes within shapes. They think, feel, and then create their own sculptures. Wallace has integrated photographs of real sculptures into her cut-paper artwork to point out the diverse forms that sculptures can take. She reinforces the value of creativity and art literacy in a child's life. A craft activity and short biography of Barbara Hepworth are included. less...
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Oooh! Picasso by Mil Niepold
Amazon Says: Crisp close-ups of the everyday objects that Pablo Picasso transformed into sculpture offer a fresh look at the artist's work. With each page turn, the reader's imagination un more...
Amazon Says: Crisp close-ups of the everyday objects that Pablo Picasso transformed into sculpture offer a fresh look at the artist's work. With each page turn, the reader's imagination unfolds as the moon becomes a guitar and a dolphin becomes a bull. The boldly-colored spreads and spare text introduce readers to the creations of a master artist, and show them that what you see depends on how you look.Reviews"Budding Aficionados will appreciate the back matter describing the construction details and completion date of each sculpture.” —Booklist  “…this book will ignite readers' imaginations and is both an effective gateway to art appreciation for young children and a fun exercise for elementary students.”—School Library Journal    less...
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Amazon Says: Little kids love colors, they love animals, and they love the sounds of words. Especially new words. Colores de la Vida—the third in the highly successful series First Conce more...
Amazon Says: Little kids love colors, they love animals, and they love the sounds of words. Especially new words. Colores de la Vida—the third in the highly successful series First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art—combines all these elements to teach early learners about color. Leggy red giraffes, pink cows, purple rabbits—the Oaxacan folk artists who contributed to this book unleashed their imaginations and went wild with color. Young children will delight in the bright colors of the Oaxacan rainbow while folk art collectors will marvel at the whimsical handcrafts.But the simplicity of a book like Colores de la Vida belies the years of research and thoughtful intercultural communication with third-world artists done by Cynthia Weill. As an art historian, she has always been interested in the crafts of developing nations. Weill's intention with Colores de la Vida—and its predecessors in the series, ABeCedarios and Opuestos—has been to find an educational purpose for the work of Oaxacan artisans. She hopes to open up a larger, more international market for their craft.Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a business—Aid to Women Artisans—that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. Colores de la Vida is her third book in the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series. less...
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I Spy Colors in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Amazon Says: I spy with my little eye . . . a yellow circle, an orange orange, two blue eyes staring right back at me!The whole family will delight in exploring fine art through these four more...
Amazon Says: I spy with my little eye . . . a yellow circle, an orange orange, two blue eyes staring right back at me!The whole family will delight in exploring fine art through these fourteen glorious paintings, ranging from ancient to contemporary, their artists hailing from all around the globe. Each time you look at one of the colorful canvases in this book—or in a museum—you're sure to discover another delightful and surprising detail.What a wonderful way to foster a love of art in the youngest of children and to instill an appreciation for close observation and attention to detail. What do you spy? less...
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