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Author: Heine, Florian
Publisher: Prestel
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9783791372051
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grades 7 to 9

Impressionism – 13 Artists Children Should Know

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This is a vibrant, visually appealing informational book with highly readable text suitable for the upper elementary and junior high audience.  An excellent resource for teachers teaching art, and for students who enjoy learning about art.  After a brief introduction to Impressionism, the Impressionist style is explained and illustrated through the life and works of thirteen of the most famous painters from the period.  Each artist has a short four-page chapter devoted to his/her life and works, always accompanied by full-page photographs of their most important works.  A time line runs across the top of the double page spread at the beginning of the chapter for each artist, highlighting events from 1805- 1920 that coincide with the Impressionist period and help students make connections.  A “quick facts” sidebar, at the beginning of each artist’s chapter, helps students with main details, and allows them to easily project the artist’s life and work along the timeline to see what other events were unfolding at that time.  In the text, interesting facts about each painter’s life and works are told in a conversational style that will help young readers grasp ideas of technique and art appreciation.  Interspersed on many pages are “?” boxes, with quiz questions to challenge (solutions at the end).  At other points, a paint “splat” has text to encourage budding artists with suggestions and techniques to try in their own art.  Websites direct students to online museums to view additional works by the same artist.  End pages feature maps of Paris and France showing where the Impressionist artists worked “en plein air” and a famous painting associated with each location.  A lovely book that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.



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