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Modern Art Adventures
Modern Art Adventures

Modern Art Adventures

36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Artists from Monet to Banksy

Art Adventures


160 Pages, 7.75 x 8.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95)

Publication Date: April 2015

ISBN 9781613731772

Rights: US

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2015)

Price: $19.95


Modern art is bold, experimental, and not concerned with rules—in other words, perfect for children who love to draw outside the lines. Modern Art Adventures introduces young artists, ages 6 and up, to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose. Children will: • Slice up several photos to construct a Cubist portrait• Use punctured, paint-filled cups to experiment with a drip painting• Draw and cut out a silhouette portrait of their favorite animal or pet• Design and cut out a reusable flower stencil• Create a "Pocket Mondrian" in an empty matchbox• Tear scraps of newspaper into elements of a graphic face design• Explore a variety of modernist shading techniques on a single pencil drawing• Build a portable easel to take on an art field trip• and 28 other engaging, hands-on projects. Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw also explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known works of modern art as inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. No prior knowledge of modern art is required—just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.


"The bottom line is every child deserves to be exposed to art and Modern Art Adventures is a wonderful way to accomplish that. Pick up a copy and help youngsters start producing their own masterpieces today!" —Wrapped in Foil

"For parents who are upset there is less art taught in the schools, this would be a great supplement to home instruction." —Ms. Yingling Reads

"A well-organized introduction to modern art concepts, perfect for classroom use."  —School Library Journal

"Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw make sure the entire process is meaningful and fun, and the finished product is something a kid can be proud of." —BookPage

"A standout resource for artists in the making." —Publishers Weekly

"This is an excellent resource for home schoolers, families and art educators. Even older youngsters and adults will find this a fascinating book that will get the creative juices flowing." —The Aptos Times

Author Biography

Maja Pitamic is the author of the popular titles Teach Me to Do It Myself and Child's Play, both successful activity books for preschool children. She has over twenty years' experience teaching young children and holds degrees in art history and Montessori teacher training. She currently teaches at Bickley Park School in Kent, United Kingdom. Jill Laidlaw has commissioned, edited, and written children's and adult nonfiction books, including works on the history of Western painting, the history of Western sculpture, and monographs on Paul Klee and Frida Kahlo. She has a degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews.