Win Art Books for Children

Two exciting new titles, published this month, take a fun and informative look at the world of art and artists and help to broaden children’s knowledge of these fields. 13 British Artists Children Should Know covers a diverse range of British artists, including sculptors, installation artists, and painters. Games, puzzles and challenging ideas encourage children to see how British art reflects the country and its diverse culture. 13 Art Inventions Children Should Know is a fun look at some of the most important breakthroughs in art, from the beginning of art itself to cartoons and graffiti, helping children to understand the important effects of innovation in art.
KidAround are delighted to offer you the chance to win copies of both of these books. There are 5 copies of  ’13 Art Inventions Children Should Know’ by Florian Heine and 5 copies of ‘Which 13 British Artists Children Should Know?’ by Alison Baverstock to give away, worth £9.99 each. Details of how to enter appear at the end of this post.

13 Art Inventions Children Should Know by Florian Heine published by Prestel in September 2011 (£9.99 Hardback) www.prestel.com

From the beginning of art itself, to the various styles and techniques used in art over the years, ’13 Art Inventions Children Should Know’ gives an informed but fun look at all the different types and techniques of art that have developed. Through 13 examples, it highlights a broad spectrum of artistic techniques that are considered ‘breakthroughs’ within the history of art. These vary from graffiti to cartoons to the invention of the paint tube and offer an interesting new perspective on the world of art. Whilst teaching children about these important facts, it uses a helpful timeline so they can place the artistic innovations within a historical context. All of the facts are fun and easy to understand and ’13 Art Inventions Children Should Know’ also offers creative suggestions to the reader for independent art projects. This encourages children to get involved with art after they’ve got everything they can out of the book. This is an introduction to how art is made but also encourages children to enjoy art whilst feeling knowlegable about it’s history and how certain artistic techniques came about.

13 British Artists Children Should Know by Alison Baverstock Published by Prestel in September 2011 (£9.99 Hardback) www.prestel.com

Before writing, ‘ 13 British Artists Children Should Know’ the author Alison Baverstock was asked which 13 British artists would she pick to give children a rounded view of the most important Bristish art. She went about this by picking artists that were both interesting and readily available to children. This question has been succesfully answered within her new book, as the individuals selected showcase many types of artists as well as those that have developed their work over a long period of time. The result is that children can easilly learn about artistic trends as well as how these pieces of work were achieved. From William Blake to Beryl Cook, the various artists are arranged in a interesting, chronological way which uses games and puzzles to educate young readers about how British artists see their surroundings and how their work reflects this. Full page spreads are used to highlight religious art, modern sculptures, landscapes and urban art which shows a well rounded variety of the best of British artists. Readers of all ages can enjoy this fun yet informative overview of British artists who not only had a big impact on British culture,  but were affected by it themselves and shaped their art accordingly.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of one of these books, please email comps@kidaround.biz stating the title you would like to receive in the subject line. The closing date is Thursday 6th October 2011 at noon.

Posted by Emily Richardson

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