“Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington”
In this biography picture book, illustrator Amanda Hall’s pictures capture imaginations while author Michelle Markel’s storytelling capture Lenora Carrington’s fascinating life.
Ever since she was a little girl, Lenora only wanted to draw. She sketched birds, horses, make-believe planets, and magical worlds.
Despite her parents’ wishes for her to be a well-bred English girl and get married, Lenora only wanted one thing – to become an artist. When she moved to London to study painting, she discovered surrealism. This was the kind of art she had to create. After moving to France, she escaped World War II by moving to Mexico where she lived the rest of her life, painting, sculpting, and writing.
This book promotes creative components of a creative person, imagination, taking risks, and inspiration.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I enjoying learning about a creative person and their creative process. I like to see connections between their childhood and their creative talents. Additionally, the beautiful colorful illustrations spark my imagination to create.
TITLE: Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington
AUTHOR: Michelle Markel
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, 2019
AGE GROUP: 7-9
TOPIC(S): biography of artist Leonora Carrington, finding your passion
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, imagination, inspiration, taking risks
1) Surrealism art combines things that do not usually go together, for example, a cell phone and a cow. Try your hand at surrealism art by picking two things that do not go together and combine them to create a new image.
2) Watch this YouTube video to learn more about surrealism.
3) Check out an art book from the library. Which art forms capture your imagination?
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