Tuesday, September 21, 2010

22nd September Esphyr Slobodkina (1908 - 2002) Charles Keeping (1924 - 1988)

Esphyr Slobodkina was born in Siberia, grew up in China, studied art and architecture and then migrated to the USA at 19 and enrolled in an art course in New York. She became one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists and a well thought of artist. She met children's author, Margaret Wise Brown and was encouraged to illustrate and then write children's books. Her best known children's story is the wonderful Caps For Sale. This book delights young children and lends itself to drama activities. There are other activities here which use the monkeys as stimulus.

Charles Keeping was a British artist and illustrator. He won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice. One of these medals was for an illustrated version of Alfred Noyes' epic poem The Highwayman. The black and white illustrations in this book create the haunting atmosphere of the poem perfectly and defy you to stop reading. It is not surprising that there are so many lesson plans on the web for this book. Keeping's wife has maintained a gallery dedicated to his work.

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