How Artists See - New Series

How Artists See Animals

Second Edition

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One of the first two volumes in a relaunch of the best-selling series that encourages children to learn about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world
 
How Artists See is a series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. Each volume presents eighteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that children know from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll’s friendly, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions that promote exploration, self-expression, and fun.
 
In this revised and redesigned edition of the classic How Artists See Animals, more than half the artworks are newly selected—and they range from contemporary street art to an ancient Greek coin. Children will discover how Andy Warhol’s rhinoceros resembles a prehistoric cave painting, how Frank Gehry turned a fish’s sleek aquatic shape into architecture, and how Georgia O’Keefe captured a bird in flight using just a few curving lines.

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How Artists See Families

Second Edition

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One of the first two volumes in a relaunch of the best-selling series that encourages children to learn about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world

 
How Artists See is a series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. Each volume presents eighteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that children know from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll’s friendly, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions that promote exploration, self-expression, and fun.
 
In this revised and redesigned edition of the classic How Artists See Families, more than half the artworks are newly selected—and they range from a storytelling quilt to a giant cardboard sculpture. Children will discover how Barbara Hepworth evoked a mother’s love with simple stone shapes, how Kehinde Wiley depicted the strength of sisterhood in a portrait, and how Van Gogh captured the joyous moment of a baby’s first steps.

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How Artists See Work

Second Edition

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How Artists See is designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. These interactive, inquiry-based books—suitable for both home and classroom—invite young readers to compare and contrast the ways in which different artists treat similar themes. They are an ideal way to introduce kids to art. 

This new edition of How Artists See Work is revised and redesigned. More than two-thirds of the featured artworks are newly selected, and they are even more stylistically and culturally diverse—ranging from an ancient Egyptian sculpture to a 1940s Remington typewriter.

 

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How Artists See Play

Second Edition

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How Artists See is designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. These interactive, inquiry-based books—suitable for both home and classroom—invite young readers to compare and contrast the ways in which different artists treat similar themes. They are an ideal way to introduce kids to art. 

 

This new edition of How Artists See Play is revised and redesigned. More than two-thirds of the featured artworks are newly selected, and they are even more stylistically and culturally diverse, showcasing work by Hispanic, Taiwanese, Russian, and Turkish artists, among others.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 1

Family Ties

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Understand that families build memories and connection through shared experiences; realize that artists depict families in different ways, including genre scenes of everyday shared experiences.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Text Types and Purposes:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8

Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

VA:Cr2.1.3

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 2

Memories in Pictures and Words: Making Narrative Imagery Inspired by Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

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To create a work of art that depicts a family memory using both visual and written elements; to look at examples of memory quilts by the American artist Faith Ringgold to examine how she incorporates writing into her story quilts.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text » Grade 3

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

English Language Arts Standards » Writing » Grade 3

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Range of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Grade 3

Comprehension and Collaboration:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.4

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

Grade 3

VA:Cr1.2.3

Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.

 

Grade 5

VA:Cr1.2.5

Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 3

Portrait Gallery

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To learn about portraiture as a genre in art; to create a family portrait inspired by the work of Alice Neel and Jordan Casteel.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA:Cr1.1.3

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 4

The Past is Present: Mixed Media Family Photo Collages

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To select a photograph from an archive of family pictures; consider how a photograph can be altered to create new meaning; explore mixed media to create a collage.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

    

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

 

 

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 1

Animalia: Classifying the Animal World

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Learn that the animal kingdom is divided into categories called classifications; identify particular animals by classification; create a class mural which represents the five classifications of the animal kingdom: amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles. 

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Reading:  Informational Text

Grade 3

 

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA:Cr2.3.3

Individually or collaboratively construct representations, diagrams, or maps of places that are part of everyday life.

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 2

Drawing a Line from Prehistory to Pop

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To understand that line has been used to depict subjects since human beings began making art; to compare the similarities and differences between a prehistoric work of art and a modern work of art; to create two paintings of animals, focusing on the use of line to depict important aspects of the subject.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

Grade 3

VA:Cr2.1.3

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

 

Grade 4

VA:Cr2.1.4

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches

 

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 3

Looking Closely: The Art and Science of Maria Sybilla Merian

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Observe an animal’s appearance, movements, and behaviors; record observations in a journal; make a detailed pencil and watercolor sketch of an animal; understand that scientists make close observations of animals to understand their behaviors.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA.Cr2.1.3

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

 

VA.Cr.3.1.3

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

 

VA.Re.7.1.4

Compare responses to a work of art before and after working in similar media.

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 4

Selfie to Self-Portrait

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Understand the definition of self-portrait: a portrait of oneself done by oneself (merriam-webster.com); view examples of self-portraits from a variety of artists; create a self-portrait with a pet or stuffed animal inspired by Self-Portrait with Monkeys, by Frida Kahlo.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text » Grade 3

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

VA.Cr2.1.3

Create artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA.Re7.1.3

Speculate about the artistic processes that an artist used to create a work of art.

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