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The Jockey Club, Archibald Motley.Even though it is evening, the street is aglow with light, which gives the picture a feeling of romance and drama. Yellow light pours from the street lamp and the cars headlights. In what other places can you find sources of light? Which light seems the brightest to you?
Paris Through the Window, Marc Chagall.Some artists change how things really look to give you a certain feeling or to help you see something in a new way. This strange cityscape seems to come from a dream. The artist used color in unusual ways, such as the blue-faced man, the bright yellow cat, and the multicolored sky. What other things do you see that surprise you?
Early Sunday Morning, Edward Hopper.Even though there arent any people in the picture, the artist makes the street come to life with bold blocks of color. How many colors do you see? The morning sun bathes the scene in light, and creates dark shadows on the buildings and street. Point to all the places where you see shadows.
Moonlit Street Scene in Edo, Hiroshige.Starting at the bottom of the picture, walk down the street with your eyes until you reach the end. Youve probably noticed that the rows of buildings on the sides of the street form two diagonal lines that seem to meet in the distance. At this point, where do your eyes want to take you next? The full moon illuminates all the people in the street. What other sources of light do you see? If this picture were a postcard you were sending to a friend, how would you describe this city street?
Radiator Building, Night, New York, Georgia OKeeffe.What would a modern city be without its buildings--its museums, its apartment houses, and of course its skyscrapers? In this picture its easy to recognize the building shining brightly against the night sky. Trace your finger around its rectangular shape. What other rectangles can you find?
How Artists See Cities
Streets, Buildings, Shops, Transportation

By Colleen Carroll

Size: 7 x 9", 
Hardcover, 48 pages
34 full-color illustrations
Published 1999
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0187-4
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Abbeville Kids expands its award-winning series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world.

"Carrolls series... eclipses the competition... How Artists See has the makings of a classic--a core experience for budding art enthusiasts to build on." -- Publishers Weekly

"Wow! . . . It just doesnt get any better than this." -- Childrens Literature Choice list

How Artists See is a breakthrough series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carrolls engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark childrens natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created.

This direct, interactive approach to art — and to the world — promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. The books introduce basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, and are loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in each book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artists works can be seen.

As children begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, they will deepen their appreciation of art and artists, of the world around them, and of their own unique vision.

Colleen Carroll is an educational consultant whose clients include Nickelodeon, MTV, USA Today, and the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of American History. She has taught sixth grade in California and now develops the art curriculum for The Edison Project. She lives in New York.

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