Why art? Because it inspires, evokes a passion to create, and elevates the soul and the mind. The cover photo of Bryan with outstretched arms welcomes readers to glimpse several facets of his life: a tour of his Maine island home, his family and their support of his artistic talent, his confrontation with racism, his military experience and art education around the world, his teaching of art, and his work as a children's book illustrator.
Wild about Books A Picture Is Worth… by Karla Wendelin W hy art? Because it inspires, evokes a passion to create, and elevates the soul and the mind. Library media spe- showing resulted in a book contract. The narrative is supported on every page by quotes from Gág’s diaries or other papers. Rendered in watercolor and gouache with colored pencil details, the richly colored illustrations add a nostalgic feel to this warm and loving tribute. interest in painting herself, Clementine used paints left behind by guests and, at night by kerosene lamp, began painting plantation life as she saw it. She painted hard times as well as warm recollections of family and friends on any surface she could find—window shades, bottles, old cialists can collaborate with SPARK: The millions and billions boards, skillets. She sold her first works and trillions of readers of this for 25 cents each and was eventually the art teacher or classroom biography are going to want to noticed by influential people who placed her paintings in exhibitions. Clementine teachers (in the absence of immerse themselves in Gág’s sometimes had to view the displays after an art teacher) to extend stu- books. Fortunately, most are still hours because laws prohibited her from dents’ backgrounds through in print. Millions of Cats (1928) and mingling with other visitors. Bright, ABC Bunny (1933) were named mixed-media illustrations in naïve style the following reviewed Newbery Honor Books. Snow reminiscent of Hunter’s work accompany books and the artists and art White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938) this inspirational story of perseverance. Eleven reproductions of her work are forms represented. and Nothing at All (1941) received appended. Caldecott Honor Book status. (All SPARK: Compare the work of Ray, Deborah Kogan. Wanda books originally published by Hunter with other self-taught folk Gág: The Girl Who Lived to Coward, McCann & Geoghegan) artists of her time: Minnie Evans, Discuss with students the appeal Draw. Draw. Viking, 2008. ISBN Horace Pippin, and Grandma of Wanda Gág’s books then and Moses. Evans and Pippin were 978-0-670-06292-8; unp. now and compare/contrast them Gr. 1-4. African American and had similar with picture books published experiences early in their artistic Readers today. lives. Three books by Mary E. will be charmed Lyons shed light on Hunter, Evans, and de- Whitehead, Kathy. Art from and Pippin: Talking with Tebé: lighted Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist by this biogra- Hunter. Clementine Hunter. Illus. by (Houghton Mifflin, 1998; Gr. 4-7); phy of Painting Dreams: Minnie Evans, Shane W. Evans. Putnam, Wanda Visionary Artist (Houghton Mifflin, G
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