Susan Vande Griek The Art Room

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The Art Room

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This richly illustrated story-poem celebrates the experience of learning to paint in the presence of a master teacher. Set in the 1900s when artist Emily Carr (1871 1945) was teaching art to children, The Art Room highlights Carr’s passion for painting the natural world and the sense of freedom she inspired in her students. Emily Carr’s work has been exhibited with, and frequently compared to, the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. Pascal Milelli’s illustrations are a perfect foil to the work Carr created.

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Grade 2-5-The striking art and poetic text of this picture book re-create the studio of Canadian artist Emily Carr in the early 1900s. Her drawing and painting lessons to young children at that time reflected the freedom of her own work, similar in movement and expressive color to the work of Vincent van Gogh and Georgia O' Keeffe. Vande Griek's first-person account follows a young artist up angled steps to a magical room of laughter, paint, and exotic birds and an outdoor studio of blue skies and ocean. Carr's artistic vision and gift to her students are made clear: "where pinks and purples spilled from window boxes and leapt from walls, we giggled and gulped and gabbed with Miss Carr about people, and animals, and art." Milelli's rich-toned oils with vibrant shades of oranges, pinks, and earth tones reveal the streets and people of the Northwest in 1900, the joy on the faces of young artists, and a menagerie of animals within Carr's studio. Illustrations match the impressionistic movement and color reflective of the woman's art. A fine addition to art programs as a presentation of a noted female artist of the 20th century.
Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4-8. This lushly illustrated picture book celebrates Emily Carr, an early-twentieth-century Canadian painter who supported herself by teaching art to children. Written in the voice of a student, the spare, free-verse poem offers an oblique portrait of Carr, describing her classes, what her art room felt like, and most of all, the joy she inspired in her students: "nothing mattered / except seeing and being / and doing your all / with pencil / or brush / or charcoal." Milelli's broadly brushed oils recreate the historical streets and the cozy indoor classroom with a patchwork of rich, sophisticated colors. Often the pictures show Carr in action from a distance, echoing the text's diffused perspective. An author's note would have helped here; the only straightforward biographical information appears on the easily misplaced jacket. Nonetheless, some children will respond to the charismatic, dedicated teacher, and to the excitement of making things. For larger collections. Gillian Engberg
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