The Art Explorers[trademark] series offers a new approach to learning art. Rather than emphasise historical information, these books encourage kids to describe and interpret what they see in famous artworks, then try some of the techniques themselves. Each book highlights 5-8 famous artists. For each artist, a colour reproduction of a famous work is paired with exploratory questions. An information blurb explains how the work was made and the artist's intention, emphasising facts of interest to kids. Following are art projects that tie into the artist and his/her techniques. The activities are illustrated with examples of actual children's work.
Joyce Raimondo was the family programmes coordinator at The Museum of Modern Art in New York for eight years. Director of her own consulting company, she specialises in helping children access the arts.