Category Archives: Creative Person

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

“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

ILLUSTRATOR:Amanda Hall

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

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michelle Markel, visit:

http://www.michellemarkel.com/bio.html

To learn more about illustrator Amanda Hall, visit:

https://www.amandahall-illustration.com/about-info/

Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation

“Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation”

Based on Mindy Johnson’s Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, this bold, bright-colored nonfiction picture book tells the stories of Disney’s women animators who lent their talents to achieve a lot of “firsts.” Twenty women, known as “Great Girls,” and their inspiring stories are showcased in this book, beginning with the two Mrs. Disneys – Lillian and Edna who married the Disney brothers and helped them achieve success.

Each woman is introduced with a black and white photo of herself, accompanied by an illustration of her performing her job in the animation process at Disney. After each woman’s story, a rhyming couplet sums up her contribution to the world of animation and what “Great Girls” can do.

These trailblazing women also achieved “firsts” outside of the animation world like Grace Huntington who set the national altitude record for a female pilot in a lightplane back in 1939.

One of my favorite inspirations comes from Mary Costa’s story, who was the voice of Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. She said that Walt Disney encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a great opera singer. “If you have the four “D’s” – Dedication, Determination, and Discipline – you’ll achieve your Dreams!” he had told her.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, persistence, and risk-taking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its inspirational message to encourage others to pursue their dreams and persist in overcoming obstacles. While this book is about empowering girls, it is also about the dedication of these women and their contributions to the world of animation as well as other outstanding accomplishments.

TITLE: Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation

AUTHOR: Mindy Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Lorelay Bové

PUBLISHER: Disney Enterprises, 2019

AGE GROUP: 8-12

TOPIC(S): women animators who lent their talent to Disney animators, inspiration, history of female animators

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, perservance, risk-taking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try something new today like a food you’ve never tasted or a game where you don’t know the rules.

2) What colors represent you? Think of different shades. Blend a couple colors together to create a new color. What’s the name of your invented color? How does that name reflect your personality? 

3) What’s your favorite animated movie? Pretend you are one of the characters in the movie and rewrite a scene with you in it.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Mindy Johnson, visit:

https://www.mindyjohnsoncreative.com

To learn more about illustrator Lorelay Bové, visit:

http://www.lorelaybove.com/about

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

What is it like to be an artist? In this book, author/illustrator Lois Ehlert gives readers a look at her studio and her creative process as well as inspiration from her childhood.

Her parents encouraged her to make things by hand. 

Growing up, Lois had a folding table set up by her dad where she did her work. When she moved away, she took her table with her.

After Lois writes a story, she sketches a book dummy for her illustrations.

Her art technique is collage, cutting scraps of paper and piecing them together like a puzzle. Sometimes she combines real objects that are close at hand with painted ones, and always with bright colors. Lois Ehlert believes she is an artist because “art chose me.”

This book promotes creative components of creative process, creative person, curiosity, and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because Lois Ehlert invites readers into her creative life and inspires them to be creative in their own right.

TITLE: The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

AUTHOR: Lois Ehlert

ILLUSTRATOR: Lois Ehlert

PUBLISHER: Beach Lane Books, 2014

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): Lois Ehlert, inspiration

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, creative process, inspiration, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make an inspiration notebook. Using the collage art technique, decorate the cover of your notebook with things that spark your interests. 

2) When Lois Ehlert needs inspiration, she goes for a walk, searching for stuff. Take a nature walk with your inspiration notebook. Observe what’s going on around you. What grabs your attention? Sketch your observations and write descriptive words that describe the objects. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:To learn more about author/illustrator Lois Ehlert, visit:https://loisehlert.weebly.com/biography.html