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Maskmaking

0871921782


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Book Review
Masks offer an extraordinary opportunity for creative expression; they can completely transform the human face into something evocative, mysterious, terrifying, or humorous. Extensive instructions are given here for masks of plaster, clay, laminated paper, papier-mâché, buckram, wire, and celastic (a plastic-impregnated fabric), plus directions for final embellishments, finishing techniques, and maskmaking with children. Wonderfully diverse and marvelously creative, most of these are unfortunately shown only in black and white, though there is an eight-page color section. And there are ideas for incorporating found objects, hardware store items, and other flotsam for added interest. Theater designers, performance artists, craftspeople, and teachers--as well as dedicated Halloween revelers--will find inspiration...


Sculpture: Principles and Practice
Louis Slobodkin
0486229602
June 1973
Paperback
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Book Description
This authoritative introduction to sculpture covers forms of sculpture, how to construct an armature, build a model stand, carving, much more. Invaluable for beginners but skilled sculptors will find its broad scope useful. "Instruction and appreciation become one in this book."--School Arts. 253 illustrations.


Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliett
0439372976
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
In the classic tradition of E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, debut author Blue Balliett introduces readers to another pair of precocious kids on an artful quest full of patterns, puzzles, and the power of blue M&Ms. Eleven year old Petra and Calder may be in the same sixth grade class, but they barely know each other. It’s only after a near collision during a museum field trip that they discover their shared worship of art, their teacher Ms. Hussey, and the blue candy that doesn’t melt in your hands. Their burgeoning friendship is strengthened when a creative thief steals a valuable Vermeer painting en route to Chicago, their home town. When the thief leaves a trail of public clues via the newspaper, Petra and Calder decide to try and recover the painting themselves....


Sandcastle in a Box: Everything You Need to Build Cool and Classic Sand Sculptures
Ted Siebert
0762418370
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The process of constructing world-class castles in the sand is demystified with this fun, comprehensive kit, featuring a variety of tools for building, outlining, and embellishing the ephemeral sculptures. The illustrated 64page book explains how to build towers, windows, stairs, moats, and other classic sandcastle features-even a dragon! Kit includes skewer stick for detailed outlining, small shovel, window template, cylinder mold for tube shapes, palette knife with rounded tip, funnel for tower's top, turret flags, a brush and straw for whisking away loose sand, and a plastic tool bag.

About the Author
Ted Siebert is the author of The Art of Sandcastling and owner of The Sand Sculpture Company. He resides in Woodstock, Illinois.


The Sculptural Idea, Fourth Edition

1577662598


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Book Description
The Fourth Edition of James Kelly's highly regarded text provides a wide-ranging discussion of the myriad approaches to contemporary sculpture illustrated with relevant, timely examples. The author highlights the growth and vitality of sculpture as a vehicle of and for ideas by exploring the diverse, complex, sometimes-confusing sculptural involvements of the past several decades. The presentation covers history, evolution, basic tenets and principles, new technologies, extension of concepts, and experimentation, accompanied by abundant photographic images. Having evolved from three earlier, successful editions, the Fourth Edition remains an outstanding starting point for students of sculpture-whether aspiring artist, devotee, or collector-to become not only cognizant of what has preceded them but also attuned to the...


Millie in the Meadow

0763617253


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From Booklist
PreS-Gr. 1. An endearing, spindly legged calf named Millie is happy in the meadow, even when a visiting artist seems interested in painting all of the meadow's denizens but her. First, the boy sets up his easel and paints a small red body with black spots. Millie thinks, "That's not me." She guesses the subject's identity, however: "Mooooo! Must be Ladybug!" The pattern continues as the boy proceeds to paint a spider and a bunny. Children will enjoy guessing (with Millie) which creatures the artist is painting as they receive clues from the book (eight legs, two tall ears, etc.). But what's this? At the end of the day, the artist reveals his masterpiece, and at the center is a white body with brown spots, four legs, and a long tail: "Mooooo! Must be ME!" Millie exclaims. Pedersen's cheerful watercolors capture an idyllic...


Magnetic Sculpture
Joelle Herr
0762413735
August 2002
Hardcover
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America the Beautiful
Robert Clarke Sabuda
0689847440
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Every Robert Sabuda pop-up is a marvel, but America the Beautiful is singularly remarkable for its inspired interpretation of the classic American anthem. Each page presents a magnificent pop-up featuring a line from the first (and best known) verse of "America the Beautiful." Sabuda has included the song in its entirety, featuring mini pop-ups, in a small booklet on the final page. Beginning with the Golden Gate Bridge, and ending with a spectacularly regal Statue of Liberty, Sabuda's America the Beautiful is a lovely keepsake that also serves as a patriotic primer for teaching young ones about America. --Daphne Durham


Book Review's The Significant Seven
Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda answers the seven questions we ask every author.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?

A: Frog and...



The Wright 3
Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
0439693675
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-With her distinct style, Balliett returns to Chicago and the detective work of Calder and Petra, sixth graders at the University School. This time they are joined by Tommy, Calder's former best friend who had moved away for a year. In this architectural mystery, destruction threatens Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and the Wright 3, as the protagonists call themselves, piece together the puzzle that will lead to the building's rescue. While friction initially mars the three-sided friendship, Petra, Calder, and Tommy soon appreciate their individual roles in solving the mystery. Egged on by their unconventional teacher, the Wright 3 utilize Calder's geometric brain, Petra's writing and observing skills, and Tommy's uncanny findings to research and investigate the cryptic messages that Robie House...


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E. L. Konigsburg
0689853548
October 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere -- to...


Leaf Man
Lois Ehlert
0152053042
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ehlert (Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf) returns to one of her favorite themes—the rainbow beauty of autumn leaves—for this refreshing riff on leaf peeping and collecting. A narrator recalls the Leaf Man that used to live nearby but recently blew away with the wind. "He left no travel plans." From that breezy beginning, the narrator imagines the different flight patterns the Leaf Man may have followed "past the chickens, toward the marsh,... over the prairie meadows,... past the spotted cows," and punctuates the lyrical text with an occasional refrain ( "a Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows"). All the while, Ehlert sparks her foliage flight of fancy with her snazzy leaf collages. Fiery maple, brown mottled catalpa and bright yellow ginko leaves take the shape of various animals and objects on each...


The Dot
Peter H. Reynolds
0763619612
September 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can’t" draw either, "a really great artist."

Peter H. Reynolds crafts a quiet, pleasing story in The Dot--one that will strike a chord with children who have outgrown the self-assurance of kindergarten and begun to doubt their own greatness. His marvelous watercolor, ink, and, yes, tea illustrations are appealing in a Quentin Blakey way, especially as Vashti begins to go wild with her dots. The delightfully open-ended conclusion will have readers of all ages contemplating how they can make their own mark...



Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture
Michelangelo Buonarroti, William E. Wallace
0883633310
November 15, 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
In one concise volume, Wallace (art history, Washington Univ.) presents an accurately rendered life in intelligent, accessible prose. Though not footnoted, it consists of an overview with chronology of Michelangelo's life, followed by three extensive chapters on his major creations?sculpture, painting, and architecture?each illustrated with stunning photographs and post-restoration reproductions. There are several fold-out sections, including a full-color Sistine ceiling and a complete diagram of all its segments. The commentary accompanying each work is engaging, and the layout is thoughtful and well planned, corresponding to the text. While there is a plethora of worthwhile books on Michelangelo, including those that focus in depth on a particular aspect (see Pierluigi De Vecchi and Gianluigi Colalucci's...


How the Zebra Got Its Stripes
Golden Books
0307988708
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
As a group of African animals hang out at the local watering hole, they share funny stories about how the zebra got its stripes. At the end of the book, fun facts explain why zebras really have stripes. For any child intrigued by zebras, this colorful, informative book is a must!

From the Inside Flap
As a group of African animals hang out at the local watering hole, they share funny stories about how the zebra got its stripes. At the end of the book, fun facts explain why zebras really have stripes. For any child intrigued by zebras, this colorful, informative book is a must!


Figure Sculpture in Wax and Plaster
Richard Miller
0486253546
June 1987
Paperback
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Book Description
Step-by-step guide to materials and tools, modeling in wax and plaster, hollow wax modeling, plaster molds, and much more. Introduction. "The beginning artist will find the step-by-step instructions . . . to be like having a personal tutor."—Enchantment. 281 photographs.


David: Five Hundred Years
Antonio Paolucci
1402728360
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Michaelangelo's David has just turned 500.
In celebration, Italy has restored this sculpture to its original splendor--
and David: Five Hunded Years is the first to capture each step of the way.

What started as a solid block of granite, emerged as one of the most significant statues in the world. After half a millennium of exposure, David has undergone a complete restoration to revive his original splendor.
This magnificent depiction reveals the classical man as he looked when Michelangelo originally laid down his chisel in 1504. Radically new photographic techniques, including new photographic zooms, and color accuracy capture in detail every aspect of the restored masterpiece, all accompanied by illuminating background information from prominent art historian Antonio...


Sharing with Renoir
Julie Merberg
0811847578
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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About the Author
Julie Merberg is a book packager at Round Table Press Inc. and is the mother of a toddler. She lives in New York. Suzanne Bober , also a resident of New York, is an art collector and mother of three.


Ish
Peter H. Reynolds
076362344X
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3 - Reynolds follows The Dot (Candlewick, 2003) with this companion story about creativity and the artistic process. Ramon loves to draw: "Anytime. Anything. Anywhere." When his older brother laughs at one of his pictures and points out that it does not look like a real vase of flowers, a dejected Ramon crumples up all of his efforts. However, he soon learns that his younger sister has hung the discarded papers on her bedroom walls. When he declares that the picture of the vase doesn't look like the real thing, she says that it looks "vase-ISH." The child then begins to produce paintings that look "tree-ish," "afternoon-ish," and "silly-ish." His "ish art" inspires him to look at all creative endeavors differently. The watercolor, ink, and tea illustrations have a childlike...


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E. L. Konigsburg
0689711816
August 1987
Paperback
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Book Review
After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO...


Robert Rauschenberg: Combines
Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Schimmel (Editor)
3865211453
January 28, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Poetic and lush, Robert Rauschenberg's Combines present layers of complex and sometimes conflicting information. This approach, first explored by Rauschenberg in the early 1950s, proved prescient and has become increasingly relevant in the current age of cascading information, when even the most ground-breaking artists are referencing and sampling disparate elements to create new forms. The Combines suggest the fragility of definitions, the fluidity of materials, and the complexity of forms that are characteristic of Rauschenberg's works. The artist's handling of materials provides a precise physical evolutionary link between the painterly qualities of Abstract Expressionism and iconographical, subject-driven early Pop Art. This book focuses on the works created roughly between 1954 and 1964, the most important decade...


Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliett
0439372941
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
In the classic tradition of E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, debut author Blue Balliett introduces readers to another pair of precocious kids on an artful quest full of patterns, puzzles, and the power of blue M&Ms. Eleven year old Petra and Calder may be in the same sixth grade class, but they barely know each other. It’s only after a near collision during a museum field trip that they discover their shared worship of art, their teacher Ms. Hussey, and the blue candy that doesn’t melt in your hands. Their burgeoning friendship is strengthened when a creative thief steals a valuable Vermeer painting en route to Chicago, their home town. When the thief leaves a trail of public clues via the newspaper, Petra and Calder decide to try and recover the painting themselves....


Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture and More
Sherri Warner Hunter
1579905854
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Hunter introduces the fundamentals of concrete within the context of craft, familiarizing novices with the tools, equipment, mixing methods, and safety precautions used with the most common general-purpose cement, Portland Type I. She moves from a brief history to discussions of aggregates such as pea gravel and marble chips to mixing and finishing, woodworking, and metalworking. Starting with the basic mix, readers will find recipes for 21 varieties, and an initial project: casting a simple bowl. Hunter moves on to flexible molds and various core materials used to produce landscape statuary and concrete columns. The basics of cement carving are covered, as are techniques for texturing the surfaces of outdoor chairs and garden sculpture. Each of 25 projects, advancing from beginning to intermediate and advanced, is...


David Smith: A Centennial
David Smith, et al
0892073438
March 15, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Deemed the ìforemost sculptor of his generationî by art critic Clement Greenberg, David Smith, who lived from 1906 to 1965, is about to be celebrated in his first retrospective since 1969--to be held at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, from February through May of 2006. David Smith: A Centennial features new photographs of nearly every selected sculpture--110 pieces dating from 1932 to 1965, including important examples from each period, many rarely seen in public. Essays from writers including David Anfam, Michael Brenson, Rosalind Krauss and Paul Hayes Tucker tackle key areas, such as Smith's relationship to the painters of the New York School, the dual development of his family life and series sculpture through the 1950s and 60s, and his use of the landscape outside his studio in formulating his late...


The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions: More Than 65 Wacky, Wild & Crazy Concoctions (Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions)
John E. Thomas, et al
0966108809
March 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Jewel and Gem Goop. Make-it-Yourself Stickers. Tornado in a Bottle. Funny Putty. Fruity Lip Gloss. Magic Muck. Snow Globe. Scratch & Sniff Watercolors. Believe it or not, it's possible--easy, in fact!--to make every one of these "wacky, wild, and crazy concoctions" (and 57 more) using common household ingredients. John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel have pulled together the cream of the crop of potions, clays, and all-around weird swills for the pleasure of children and scientists of all ages. Why not introduce the very youngest artist of the house to the world of art with Puddin' Paint? Is there a geologist in the house? Make an Instant Volcano--begins with a fizz, then erupts in a bubbling flow of lava. Time for a bath? Try Bathtub Finger Paints--bathers and the tub will get clean at the same time! These truly amazing ...


I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator)
0152024883
April 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–When Mama catches her son "paintin' pictures on the floor/and the ceiling/and the walls/and the curtains/and the door," she sticks him in the tub and declares, "Ya ain't a-gonna paint no more!" Fresh from his bath, the child rescues his hidden supplies and says, "So I take some red/and I paint my…/HEAD!" Subsequent rhymes move from neck down to feet as he adds gobs of color to different areas. Since the last word of each verse comes on the following page, readers get the satisfaction of completing the anticipated rhyme and seeing each newly painted body part with each page turn. Catrow splashes color all over, uses white space cleverly, and includes playful flourishes, such as a marching row of ants on the boy's arm and Easter egg designs on his leg....

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