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Book cover of Colleen Carroll's How Artists See: Animals: Mammal Fish Bird Reptile, with a painting of a cow by Franz Marc. Published by Abbeville Press.

How Artists See: Animals

Mammal Fish Bird Reptile

By (author) Colleen Carroll


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  • The classic series that opens children's eyes to the world as seen by great artists
  • Part of the How Artists See series
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In How Artists See Animals children can see how Franz Marc transformed an ordinary cow into a magical one by using brilliant colours; how Roy Lichtenstein created goldfish out of metal; how John James Audubon depicted the elegance of a flamingo in its natural environment; and how Robert Jew made an iguana look so real that it seems about to crawl off its canvas.

Each volume in the How Artists See series presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll’s engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children’s natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created.

This direct, interactive approach to art and to the world promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. As it introduces basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, it also provides loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in the book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artists works can be seen. As they begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, children will deepen their appreciation of art, the world around them, and, most importantly, their own unique visions.

About the Author
Colleen Carroll is an educational consultant for MTV, USA Today, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Black Entertainment Television, CNBC, Channel One, and The Edison Project. She previously taught sixth grade in California and now lives in New York.
Abbeville Press
1st Mar 1999
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia
239 mm x 216 mm
48 Pages
Name of series
How Artists See
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