The cover is similar to those in the 'Meet the Artist' series.
The cover is similar to those in the 'Meet the Artist' series.
Questions about 'The Couple' and their likely conversation.
Questions about 'The Couple' and their likely conversation.
The book asks for young artists own creations.
The book asks for young artists own creations.

Book Review: Meet the Artist by Nick White

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Kids in Museums volunteer Martina Santangelo reviews the newest activity book in the series “Meet the Artist”.  These stimulating child-friendly books are published by Tate Publishing and dedicated to Alberto Giacometti.

The new release coincides with this year’s retrospective of the Swiss artist at Tate Modern and it’s an excellent tool for young audiences to express their own experience through art-making.

Whether you visited the exhibition or not, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to engage kids with Giacometti’s world in a fun and educational way.

Illustrated by Nick White, this art activity book – suitable for 5-10 years old – is packed with plenty of inspiring activities, which encourage little young artists to follow in Giacometti’s footsteps.

Featuring reproductions of key artworks, attractive illustrations, and original quotes, the book includes a brief introduction to the artist’s life followed by a variety of ideas to create portraits, sculptures, and collages inspired by Giacometti’s work.

A series of drawing-based activities explore key themes such as art materials and movement which challenge children to observe reality and to learn how to perceive it.

Some pages, like those dedicated to the sculpture The Couple, invite little readers to create a story based on artworks, encouraging them to explore their own ideas and creativity. Others involve family members or friends as inspiration to investigate the art of drawing portraits, a distinctive part of Giacometti’s body of work.

The activity that explores how the mood and the emotions of the artist can affect the artwork is particularly challenging. Kids are invited to look into their different feelings – such as happiness, sadness, anger or confusion – and express them by drawing.

Readers can go through different techniques and materials and there is an activity which invites children to experiment with collage, creating a landscape of faces. This connects to Giacometti’s use of elongated figures to represent trees and stones in his sculpture The Forest.

This book, like all the books in the series “Meet the Artist”, encourages readers and creators to give a closer look at the ideas of great artists and inspires children to be creative in a fun way.

Meet the Artist: Alberto Giacometti by Nick White is available at Tate Shop.
Price: £6.99.

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