Modern Art Adventures (Paperback)

36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Artists from Monet to Banksy

By Maja Pitamic, Jill Laidlaw

Chicago Review Press, 9781613731772, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2015

List Price: 19.95*
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Bold and experimental art activities and for children who love to draw outside of the lines
Modern Art Adventures introduces young artists to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose to create their own works of art. Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known works of modern art—including Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Small Monkey, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist, and Banksy’s Flower—giving readers inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. Children create two artworks based on the techniques and visual effects of the each featured piece of art and the projects cover a wide range of media, from tissue paper mosaics to stencils to comic cut-outs, with a variety of difficulty levels, always encouraging and expanding the child’s natural creative abilities. No prior knowledge of modern art is required, just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.

About the Author

Maja Pitamic has taught art to young children for nearly 20 years. She is the author of the popular Art Adventure books, Child's Play, and I Can Do It. Jill Laidlaw is the author of several books, including Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, and other works on the history of Western painting and sculpture. They both live in New York City.

Praise For Modern Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Artists from Monet to Banksy

"The bottom line is every child deserves to be exposed to art and Modern Art Adventures is a wonderful way to accomplish that. Pick up a copy and help youngsters start producing their own masterpieces today!” —Wrapped in Foil

“For parents who are upset there is less art taught in the schools, this would be a great supplement to home instruction.” —Ms. Yingling Reads

"A well-organized introduction to modern art concepts, perfect for classroom use."  —School Library Journal

“Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw make sure the entire process is meaningful and fun, and the finished product is something a kid can be proud of.” —BookPage

“A standout resource for artists in the making.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent resource for home schoolers, families and art educators. Even older youngsters and adults will find this a fascinating book that will get the creative juices flowing.” —The Aptos Times