Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

25 Projects for ART Explorers

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

25 Projects for ART Explorers

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25 Projects for ART Explorers. By Christine M. Kirker. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018. 48 p. Paper $24.99 (ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1739-8).

Reading stories to children may often isolate a story's purpose into narrow elements. Christina M. Kirker's 25 Projects for Art Explorers expands storytelling by creating cross-curricular, literature-based art projects utilizing popular children's literature to encourage art appreciation and creative release.

There are many books on the market combining literature with art projects. What makes this book unique is its focus on the illustrator's purpose, a perspective rarely utilized as a means of understanding the purpose of a story.

25 Projects for Art Explorers includes a summary of an elementary-level children's picture book, information about the illustrator with a link to the illustrator's website, an explanation of the illustrator's art technique, books to display for additional exploration, library programming tips, and directions for an art project reflecting the art technique. Also provided is an appendix explaining art material guidelines.

A special feature of this publication is attention paid to art techniques. …

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