Look! Really Smart Art by Gillian Wolfe
  

Look! Really Smart Art

Written by Gillian Wolfe
Part of the Look! Series

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The fifth book in an innovative series by the distinguished Director of Learning and Public Affairs at the world-renowned Dulwich Picture Gallery introduces children to visual tricks of the trade in art from around the world.

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Look! Really Smart Art by Gillian Wolfe

In the fifth book of her outstanding, award-winning series for children on art, Gillian Wolfe explores all the tricks of the trade that artists use to deceive or trick the eye. The book reproduces paintings and other images which vividly illustrate such effects as tromp l'oeil, simulating movement, eyes following the viewer, surrealism, creating texture, theatrical use of light, multiple viewpoints, colour effects such as pointilism, visual suggestion and many more tricks. Artists represented include Escher, Hockney, Chagall, Pollock, Durer, Seurat, Dali, Van Dyck, Lichtenstein and others, as well as an example of Australian Aboriginal art. The author's highly informative text highlights the techniques used by the artists and effectively communicates her enthusiasm for the art. This makes an ideal introduction to a very wide range of art for readers young and old and draws on the author's great experience of educating children about art.

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This wonderful book is the fifth in an outstanding series of art books which have proved extremely popular with teachers...This is an essential book for art teachers, as well as a lovely book for a child to own. Back to School Bookseller

From its incredibly clever cover image and fabulous end papers which really do make you LOOK immediately at the book this seemed to be to be a title that would be very interesting and hopefully useful. I was happily proved correct... Wolfe is exploring the tricks that artists use, the way in which paintings can decieve the eye and she illustrates just some of the effects used. The afore mentioned Octavio Ocampo sits alongside Marc Chagall, David Hockney and Salvador Dali among others. Her approachable style and the succinctness of this book make it a wonderful, bright and intelligent introduction to art for readers of any age and a great resource for teaching children to enjoy and appreciate art. Armadillo Magazine

The text is informative and conveys the author's great enthusiasm for her subject... It will appeal to a wide range of readers young and not so young. School Librarian

A well-designed book that is good to look at, with each carefully chosen painting granted a double spread. These are drawn from a number of historical periods, continents and movements, including some living artists. The text is succinct and there is some encouragement to try out the techniques for yourself. There is more biographical information about the featured artists at the back of the book. It would do as well for the child who is simply curious about art or to work from in an art class. Ibby Link

Any budding artist would find this book a valuable source of ideas. It could be enjoyed on many levels, for discussion, enjoyment or experimentation. Contains a good reference section. A recommended series for both home and school. Carousel

About the Author

Gillian Wolfe

GILLIAN WOLFE CBE is Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery, one of the most renowned private collections in the UK. She also works as a freelance consultant, and has lectured all over the world. Her previous art books for children include My First Art Book, winner of the Parent Choice Silver Honour Award, USA; and Art Activity Book and Children's Art Book, both winners of the Gulbenkian Prize for Best Museum Publications of the Year.

Her titles with Frances Lincoln include Look! Zoom in on Art, which won the English Association's Award for the best children's non-fiction book, Look! Body Language in Art,
Look! Seeing the Light in Art and Look! Drawing the Line in Art.

In 1995, Gillian was awarded an MBE and in 2005 the CBE for services to Arts Education. She lives in South London.

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Format

Paperback
48 pages
Interest Age: From 8

Author

Gillian Wolfe
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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

1st February 2013

ISBN

9781847804143

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