Wings of an Artist: Childrens Book Illustrators Talk About Their Art

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What gives flight to an artist s imagination? In this colorful collection, more than 20 children's book artists, through text & illustration, offer their thoughts about art & the muse that inspires their work. For some, parents & friends encouraged their efforts; for others, a fertile imagination or a desire to entertain led them to create exciting worlds on canvas or paper. With page after page of different art styles, techniques, & interpretations, this book offers parents, librarians, & teachers a unique opportunity to talk about art with children in a thoughtful yet fun way. To help spark a dialogue, simple concepts & ideas for activities are provided. The compilation results in an outstanding collection for art lovers of all ages & a wellspring of inspiration for the artists of tomorrow.

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"Art literacy is as simple as opening the pages of a children's book." In her introduction to Wings of an Artist, Julie Cummins discusses the importance of exposing young people to art during their formative years, especially through picture books. Twenty-three illustrators, including Maurice Sendak and Graeme Base, are allotted one big page each to describe in pictures and words how they became artists, in spite of or thanks to reactions from others. Under her glorious picture of a flying dragon with myriad colorful critters on its back, Woodleigh Marx Hubbard tells readers what all her art teachers told her: "You have no talent. Give it up!" She couldn't. She didn't. Michael McCurdy's father was a commercial artist who gave his son scratchboard to scribble on--and the inspiration to bring "dark surfaces into the light."

The variety of artistic styles, media, and methods represented in this book beautifully reflects the diversity of the artistic world. An activity guide offers an array of fun, useful exercises to open any creative mind. Young artists--and readers who have never even picked up a paintbrush--will be filled with the desire to start interpreting their world through pen and ink, watercolor, crayon, collage--whatever it takes. All proceeds from this book go to the American Library Association's Association for Library Service to Children, as part of a nationwide effort to promote art literacy. (Ages 7 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Julie Gummins is the coordinator of Children's Services at The New York Public Library.

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