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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 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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A World History of Photography

Fifth Edition

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An up-to-date edition of the authoritative history of photography—widely embraced by both students and general readers
 
Naomi Rosenblum's classic history of photography traces the evolution of this young art form chronologically and thematically. Exploring the diverse roles that photography has played in the communication of ideas, Rosenblum devotes special attention to topics such as portraiture, documentation, advertising, and photojournalism, and to the camera as a means of personal artistic expression. Her text is illustrated with nearly nine hundred images by photographers both celebrated and little known, arranged in stimulating juxtapositions that illuminate their visual power.
 
This fifth edition of A World History of Photography is substantively revised and updated. The photography of the past several decades is reevaluated from a contemporary perspective, and international developments are covered in greater detail. The main strands of today's complex universe of digital image-making are masterfully summarized and placed in their historical context, and the careers of representative contemporary photographers are studied in depth.
 
Thoughtfully written, carefully and abundantly illustrated, and provided with a full apparatus—including a chronology, glossary, and annotated bibliography—Rosenblum's volume remains the indispensable work on its subject.

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Ronald Bladen

Sculpture

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The first monograph on a pivotal figure of postwar American art
 
Best known for his monumental sculptures, Ronald Bladen (1918–1988) was regarded as an artistic forerunner by such minimalist artists as Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, and Carl Andre. But in contrast to the matter-of-fact work of these artists, Bladen’s pieces evoke the emotional power of sculpture, what the artist called “presence.” His objects fill entire rooms, pressing outward against the walls and ceiling; his themes include the force of gravity, the dynamism of planar surfaces, the impact of scale, and confrontation with the viewer.
 
This splendidly illustrated volume presents a comprehensive overview of Bladen’s career: his breakthrough sculptures such as Three Elements (1965), a standout at the Jewish Museum’s legendary Primary Structures exhibition, later acquired by the Museum of Modern Art; his monumental outdoor commissions of the late 1960s through the 1980s; and his intricate reflective wall reliefs of the 1980s. Bladen’s working models and drawings are examined in detail, and his early career as a painter is considered in the light of his later work. Also included are selections from the critical literature on Bladen, and an illustrated chronology of his life and work.
 
Ronald Bladen: Sculpture is an essential volume on an artist who continues to influence a wide range of sculptors, from Richard Serra to Ursula von Rydingsvard.

 

 

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Yoshitoshi

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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A beautiful facsimile edition of the final masterpiece of ukiyo-e—strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies

Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) was the last virtuoso of the Japanese woodblock print, and the One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, published between 1885 and 1892, were his crowning achievement. This series—illustrating scenes from history, legend, and contemporary life, unified by the motif of the moon—abounds with stylistic innovations, drawn from Western art and the artist's own fertile imagination. Even as traditional woodblock prints were being supplanted by mass media like lithography, an eager public snapped up Yoshitoshi's images—many of which were sold out on the morning of their publication.

This magnificent facsimile of One Hundred Aspects of the Moon reproduces each print at its original size, facing an explanation of the subject. A thorough introductory text, augmented with many comparative illustrations, traces Yoshitoshi's career and the genesis of this series. Printed and bound to the most exacting specifications, this volume will be a must for aficionados of Japanese prints.

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Patterns in Art

A Closer Look at the Old masters

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A visual delight, and a designer's dream-the decorative details of great European paintings transformed into beautiful two-dimensional patterns

Richly embroidered robes. Intricate lace collars. Elaborately laid floor tiles. Delicately carved and modeled cornices and capitals. These are among the details of decorative art that the Old Masters lovingly rendered in their paintings, to establish a setting, convey a portrait subject's social status, or sometimes just enliven a scene. Together these details-so easy to overlook in the imposing harmony of draftsmanship, color, and composition that makes up a great painting-form a veritable history of ornament.

This inventive book plucks these decorative motifs from the background of paintings by masters like Bronzino, Fra Angelico, and Jacques-Louis David and transforms them into vibrant two-dimensional patterns. Seeing these patterns side-by-side with the original paintings deepens our appreciation of both. Pattern in Painting will be a resource for graphic designers, and a revelation for all art lovers.

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The World's Greatest Clubs

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Get an inside look at the top-ranking clubs from around the globe, all in one action-packed book
 
Meet the most legendary clubs in the game. From the storied Liverpool, to the star-studded Real Madrid, these are the clubs setting new standards of teamwork year after year. Learn about each team’s history, and their greatest accomplishments along the way. Get to know the coaches and stars, from Barça’s attacking duo of Messi and Suárez, to Man City’s brilliant manager Pep Guardiola and his winning strategy.
 
Full of exciting color photos, The World’s Greatest Clubs includes teams from all the top leagues, including England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Serie A. It will be an indispensable companion for young soccer fans everywhere, regardless of their allegiance.

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Wine from Grape to Glass

Fourth Edition

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A masterful new edition of the classic guide to the wines of the world—and how they are made
 
Wine from Grape to Glass is the essential guidebook for wine lovers who want to understand how their favorite wines are grown, how they are produced, and how best to savor them. The first half of the book is devoted to the process of winemaking and wine appreciation. The mysteries of the vineyard and terroir, the grape harvest, fermentation, and aging are all explained in full, as are the intricacies of serving, tasting, and storing wine. The second half of the book examines the best wines of the world, country by country, in a level of detail that is satisfying without being overwhelming. More than one thousand color illustrations, including numerous maps, make this a visual as well as a textual guide.
 
This fourth edition of Wine from Grape to Glass is revised and updated throughout. It includes new sections on recent trends in winemaking—including rosés and natural wines—and expanded coverage of many winemaking regions, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America, China, and Japan.

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Women of the 1920s

Style, Glamour, and the Avant-Garde

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Experience the glamour and excitement of the Jazz Age, through the lives of the women who defined it
 
It was a time of unimagined new freedoms. From the cafés of Paris to Hollywood's silver screen, women were exploring new modes of expression and new lifestyles. In countless aspects of life, they dared to challenge accepted notions of a “fairer sex,” and opened new doors for the generations to come. What’s more, they did it with joy, humor, and unapologetic charm.
 
Exploring the lives of seventeen artists, writers, designers, dancers, adventurers, and athletes, this splendidly illustrated book brings together dozens of photographs with an engaging text. In these pages, readers will meet such iconoclastic women as the lively satirist Dorothy Parker, the dancer Joesphine Baker, and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, whose stories continue to offer inspiration for our time. Women of the 1920s is a daring and stylish addition to any bookshelf of women's history.

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The Pre-Raphaelites

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Meet the renegades of Victorian art in this gorgeously illustrated exploration of their work and influence
 
In the revolutionary year of 1848, a group of young British artists set out to return a lost vibrancy to European art. Calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, they mounted an artistic front against what they saw as the confining standards of the Victorian art world, and the dehumanizing aspects of the industrial age. Among their ranks were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Hunt, who found followers in Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Their works drew from Shakespeare, Keats, and Tennyson. They also depicted religious and contemporary themes in striking realism, bringing viewers into intimate contact with the subjects and causing scandal in their time.

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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 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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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 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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