Students will learn about ancient Egypt, prehistoric France, and second-century China as they create a pyramid paperweight, a cave painting place mat, and a window decoration out of homemade paper from items they can find around their home. This delightful, creative introduction into the world of art, both ancient and modern, also discusses the cultural significance of such iconic figures as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Georges-Pierre Seurat. In addition to the ten projects, this book also includes patterns that are easy to reproduce using a copier or printer.
The first biography of America's greatest twentieth-century sculptor, Alexander Calder: an authoritative and revelatory achievement, based on a wealth of letters and papers never before available, and written by one of our most renowned art critics. Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century. Anybody who has ever set foot in a museum knows him as the inventor of the mobile, America's unique contribution to modern art. But only now, forty years after the artist's death, is the full story of his life being told in this biography, which is based on unprecedented access to Calder's letters and papers as well as scores of interviews. Jed Perl shows us why Calder was--and remains--a barrier breaker, an avant-garde artist with mass appeal. This beautifully written, deeply researched book opens with Calder's wonderfully peripatetic upbringing in Philadelphia, California, and New York. Born in 1898 into a family of artists--his father was a well-known sculptor, his mother a painter and a pioneering feminist--Calder went on as an adult to forge important friendships with a who's who of twentieth-century artists, including Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Georges Braque, and Piet Mondrian. We move through Calder's early years studying engineering to his first artistic triumphs in Paris in the late 1920s, and to his emergence as a leader in the international abstract avant-garde. His marriage in 1931 to the free-spirited Louisa James--she was a great-niece of Henry James--is a richly romantic story, related here with a wealth of detail and nuance. Calder's life takes on a transatlantic richness, from New York's Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, to the Left Bank of Paris during the Depression, and then back to the United States, where the Calders bought a run-down old farmhouse in western Connecticut. New light is shed on Calder's lifelong interest in dance, theater, and performance, ranging from the Cirque Calder, the theatrical event that became his calling card in bohemian Paris to collaborations with the choreographer Martha Graham and the composer Virgil Thomson. More than 350 illustrations in color and black-and-white--including little-known works and many archival photographs that have never before been seen--further enrich the story.
The Arts & Crafts Busy Book should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching children. It is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight. The Arts & Crafts Busy Book contains 365 screen-free, fun, creative and educational arts and crafts projects for children ages two to six that provide a great alternative to using TV as a babysitter. It shows parents and daycare providers how to: Stimulate creativity and self-expression with activities that encourage a child to explore his or her place in the world. Create experiments with paint, glue, playdough, paper, and markers that focus a child's energy constructively. Encourage the development of a child's concentration and coordination, as well as organizational and manipulative skills, with well-chosen arts and crafts projects. Save money by making arts and crafts supplies such as paints, playdough, and craft clay with ingredients that can be found around the home. Celebrate the holidays and other occasions with special projects and activities.
Are you a lover of creativity and innovations? Do you or your kids have a thing for handcrafts? Are you looking for a comprehensive guide to making origami crafts? If so, then read on… This book, Origami Book for Beginners, is a treasure you shouldn't let slip you by. Creativity is one of the very tough things to build in life. Anyone could learn languages, technical handcrafts, and digital skills if they put their mind to it, but becoming a master at any of these things requires a high level of creativity. Even being the master in your field and place of assignment involves a level of creativity. Now, you will be wondering how you can build your creativity. Origami is one definite way to build creativity. The craft involves hands-on activities that improve your mental comprehension, assertion, and logical abilities. It is more than paper folding, as many presume. Origami is paper magic or transformational craft. It involves the practice of art using paper. With just your hands and some pieces of paper, you can make magical crafts. This is one cheap and simple craft that you can also earn good money from if you are devoted to learning and dedicated to practice. This book isn't for only professionals who want to improve their skills and hone their creativity. It is also for those who wish to learn geometry and build their calculative abilities. If you know anyone struggling with mathematics, geometry, or science-related subjects, you should introduce this book to them. Origami has so many benefits than your fingers can number, which I cover in detail in this book. But that's not all, within the pages of this book, you will; 1. Be more acquainted with what origami entails and its historical timelines. 2. Get to know how origami is applied to several areas of discipline. 3. Be familiar with the terms associated and used in origami art. 4. Be exposesd to the tips and techniques used in origami art that will set you on your way to becoming an expert origamist. 5. Be enlightened on the tools and materials needed to get you started in origami. 6. Educated on the basic folds used in origami, and the common origami bases used in paper folding. 7. Get started with making beautiful origami crafts with the aid of the 25 origami project ideas discussed in this book with step-by-step instructions and graphical illustrations to guide you along the process. …And a whole lot more! What more are you waiting for? Hone your creative abilities, and build your paper folding skills with this beginner's guide to origami. To begin your journey to making paper folding crafts, simply grab a copy of this book RIGHT NOW.