How to Talk to Children About Modern Art by Francoise Barbe-Gall

How to Talk to Children About Modern Art

Written by Francoise Barbe-Gall

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How to Talk to Children about Modern Art examines 30 fascinating works by modern and contemporary artists, from Gustav Klimt's Kiss of 1907 to Tim Noble and Sue Webster's British Wildlife of 2000, in galleries around the world.

The book will help you to get your kids:

- To develop an interest in art and artists

- To show them depending on their age when you go to a gallery what to look for

- to learn how to look at a picture

The book gives examples of the kinds of observations and questions a child might ask, and provides straightforward answers for each work of art and for different age ranges too - 5+, 8+ and 11+. It will demystifys art appreciation and reveals that the simplest questions can be among the most pertinent. Rest assured there is plenty that will stimulate children's interest in art and enlighten grown-ups too.

From the same author why not check out its companion - How to Talk to Children about Art.


How to Talk to Children About Modern Art by Francoise Barbe-Gall

This is a children's art book for grown-ups. In everyday language it shows how to explain to children what to look for and how to enjoy works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The front cover of How to Talk to Children about Modern Art is the iconic David Hockney painting - A Bigger Splash. If you are interested in David Hockney, and other contemporary artists, why not visit 'A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance' currently at Tate Modern until 1st April 2013. This exhibition takes a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950.


I've learned a lot from this author's unpretentious art guides, which include How to Look at a Painting. Now she suggests ways of explaining to children what to look for in 30 works by modern and contemporary artists. Bookseller

Bringing a fresh eye to the sometimes opaque world of modern art. Bookseller

A very useful and enlightening book. Parents in Touch

This book answers all the awkward questions that might be thrown at you... You'll take the kids to Tate with a new confidence. Artists & Illustrators

Useful little book The Oxford Times

About the Author

Francoise Barbe-Gall

Francoise Barbe-Gall studied history of art at the Sorbonne and also at the Ecole du Louvre, where she now teaches. She also directs an association called CORETA (Comment Regarder un Tableau), for whom she gives many lectures. She is regularly called upon to participate in management workshops, where her experience of analysing images in relation to publicity and marketing is called upon. Editions de l'Agenda de L'Empresa have published a collection of her articles, and she is the author of several articles on the work of the sculptor Tom Carr. She is the author of How to Talk to Children about Art and How to Understand a Painting, both published in English by Frances Lincoln.

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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

14th June 2012




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