37 masterpieces inspire an artist in this introduction to art history that includes a search-and-find game.
"Today I will make a new painting," declares an artist, but first she must build a stretcher to stretch the canvas; select which paints, brushes, and palette knives to use; and, most importantly, decide what to paint. Will she paint a still life in the style of Robert S. Duncanson or a portrait in the manner of Mary Cassatt?
Using reproductions of art from the National Gallery of Art by Vincent van Gogh, Judith Leyster, Claude Monet and others pivotal figures in art history, Roxie Munroe introduces readers to a variety of iconic artists, art styles, and time periods.
The sweeping painting she creates by the book's end cleverly incorporates all 37 pieces she has considered. Eagle-eyed readers will love finding the works of art in her painting and learning more about the artists in the notes in the back matter.
You'll want to start building canvases and mixing colors for a masterpiece of your very own!
About the Author
Roxie Munro has created more than 40 books for children, including Market Maze, which received a star from Kirkus Reviews. She lives in New York City.
"Just as a graphic-novel presentation may ease a young reader's access to the eldritch world of Poe, so art books for children use informality to make fine art accessible to the potential young connoisseur. . . . In the picture book 'Masterpiece Mix', Roxie Munro achieves this effect by setting great paintings amid her own cartoon-style drawing."—The Wall Street Journal
"A handsome and satisfying companion to Market Maze."—Kirkus Reviews
"This simple story covering the basics of painting and drawing—materials, subject matter, and art history—can be absorbed in a few minutes by preschoolers, but the searching game and the intricacy of the artwork lend themselves to more thorough investigation by older children . . . a versatile introduction to fine art for elementary schoolers."—School Library Journal