We were therefore delighted to be offered the chance to review and giveaway two awesome art books – Modern Art Adventures and 3D Art Adventures by Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw. These are lovely hardback books, which contain lots of interesting information about artists and guides on how to recreate their masterpieces.
We spent a rainy afternoon trying out one of the Modern Art activities (because we had all the stuff handy – you will for a lot of it if you are arty type) where we made a Saul Bass style illustration.
It seemed like a nice simple starter, and it really was. The instructions are nice and clear, definitely easy enough for toddler-helper age and upwards (to grown ups if you are like me!)
The boy was quite happy to blue wash several pieces of paper so we could pick the best one (apparently, I think he just wanted to slosh paint around)
I drew on the face guidelines, and he liberally applied glue to them while I ripped up strips of newspaper.
We then stuck the pieces of newspaper along the guidelines, he actually managed to do this quite well by himself:
I cut out the little heart shaped eyes and did some of the smaller bits of paper. Also some scraping off of excessive glue splodges…not that I’m a perfectionist or anything.
I’m pretty pleased with the final result. Almost as good as the original – perhaps I’ve got an artistic child after all!
There’s so much to do in these lovely books – we’ll have no excuses for being bored in the summer. I can’t wait to do some of the 3D ones!
If you would like a chance to win a copy of either Modern Art Adventures or 3D Art Adventures then you can enter the rafflecopter thingy below! Hurrah!
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