13 British Artists Children Should Know
This lively introduction to nearly four centuries of British art offers children a strong foundation for learning in a playful and imaginative way, and will inspire them to dream, create, and think.
From William Blake’s vibrant, visionary paintings to Antony Gormley’s ever-popular sculptures, via the mysteries of Leonora Carrington and the cheeky fun of Beryl Cook, this colorful, chronologically arranged overview uses games, puzzles, and project ideas to encourage young people to appreciate the diverse ways in which British artists reflect their country’s culture. Religious art, modern sculpture, exquisite landscapes and urban art are all presented in full-page spreads that engage children by inviting them into the works themselves, challenging them to answer questions about the artists’ perceptions and exposing them to the fascinating historical forces that have shaped the artists’ work. Children and adults alike will find much to learn, savor, and enjoy in this colorful introduction that is both interactive and edifying—not to mention great fun.
Alison Baverstock is the author of many books on publishing, communication and art for children including Secrets in a Box: The Art of Joseph Cornell and 13 British Artists Children Should Know (both Prestel). She is Professor of Publishing at Kingston University, UK.