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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/

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

La La La

“La La La”

When a little girl sings, she waits for someone or something to answer, 

but no one does.

So she goes out searching through the reeds, the trees, the pond, day and…

…night. She sings to the moon with no response. When she falls asleep, she is awakened by a song.

Read the book to see who sings back. 

This book promotes inspiration and curiosity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it inspires hope to keep singing and find that someone who will sing back. 

TITLE: La La La

AUTHOR: Kate DiCamillo

ILLUSTRATOR: Jaime Kim

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): hope, lonely, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Listen to instrumental music while drawing a picture of you and one of your friends doing one of your favorite activities.

2) Invent a song that represents using la, la, la. Use high pitches, low pitches, slow, fast, pauses, etc. to sing your song.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kate DiCamillo, visit:

https://www.katedicamillo.com/index.html

To learn more about illustrator Jaime Kim, visit:

https://www.jaimekim.com/about