Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces

Maja Pitamic (Author) Jill Laidlaw (Author)


Classic masterpieces are bold, fascinating, and sometimes shocking--in other words, perfect for creative children who love to be inspired. Fine Art Adventures introduces young artists, ages 6 and up, to key masterpieces and interesting techniques, then lets them loose. Children will: create a Pointillist artwork with paints and a toothbrush, work with plaster to recreate a cave painting, use cardboard and coat hangers to design a mobile sculpture, build a dramatic jungle scene inside an old shoebox, and many more engaging, hands-on projects.

Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw also explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known classic masterpieces from art history as inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. No prior knowledge of art is required--just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.

Product Details

Chicago Review Press
Publish Date
September 01, 2017
7.3 X 0.4 X 8.7 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Maja Pitamic is the coauthor of Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures. She has over 20 years' experience teaching young children, and holds degrees in art history and Montessori teacher training. Jill Laidlaw has been writing and editing children's and adult nonfiction since 1990, including Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures. She has a degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews.


"The projects are well-targeted to the target audience and their transformative nature...smartly emphasizes how inspiration can take an artist down surprising paths." --Publishers Weekly
"These activities aim to bring adults and children together using art as a conversation starter, followed by encouraging quality time and skill building with a project."--School Library Journal
"The projects cover a wide range of media. . . with a variety of difficulty levels, always encouraging and expanding the child's natural creative abilities."--Midwest Book Review
"Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces is definitely a masterpiece of its own."--The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Attractively designed with nicely reproduced art. . ."--Booklist
..".the genius of this book is that each activity -- designed for the skills of children aged between six and eight -- extends logically from the original artwork, no matter what its medium, providing refreshing insights about painters and painting."--Staff Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

"With Fine Art Adventures, families, educators, and caregivers can inject some fun into their educational or recreational time."--Arts & Activities magazine