Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars

Looking for a way to unleash your child’s creativity? Pick up a copy of Let’s Make Some Great Art by internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Marion Deuchars. Your child age eight or older will enjoy exploring her artistic side with this fascinating book that is part instruction, part creative genius, and all fun.

From drawing simple birds to making fingerprint characters, from color experiments to shading, and from Da Vinci to Warhol and beyond, it’s almost like having your own private art teacher. There are projects for young artists at any level.  I liked that the opening pages contain a list of basic art materials. I would be totally clueless what to buy for my two budding artists (Lil Diva (10) and Lil Princess (8)).  They attend art camp each summer and also the occasional art class during the school year, so they sometimes use materials I’ve never heard of before.

The only thing I found confusing is that the book doesn’t seem to start with the easiest lesson. It talks about Leonardo Da Vinci and on the opposing page it asks you to draw Mona Lisa’s smile. It then goes on to ask the artist to copy a drawing and talks about drawing faces. It’s several pages in before the lesson on drawing simple birds. Now, I admit I’m no artist, so this could make perfect sense. I just feared a child could become frustrated with it, so I had the Lil Diva start out with the simple birds instead. She’s gearing up for the annual art fair at school and is trying to figure out what she will submit.

I highly recommend Let’s Make Some Great Art.

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  • Paperback:224 pages
  • Publisher:Laurence King Publishers (August 17, 2011)
  • ISBN-10:185669786X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697866
  • SRP:  $19.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for my review.