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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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Susan Vande Griek is the author of several children?s books, including the acclaimed middle-grade novel A Gift for Ampato and a picture-book biography of Emily Carr, The Art Room, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator?s Award. She has also written Go Home Bay, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, which was named a CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens.Pascal Milelli graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988. His book The Art Room, written by Susan Vande Griek, won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration in 2002. From School Library Journal:
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
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Book Description Groundwood Books, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110888994494