Thursday, December 2, 2010

2nd December Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891) David Macauley (1946)

Georges Seurat was the French painter whose painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte altered the direction of modern art by initiating the Neo-impressionism period. He is often referred to as a pointillist because he painted using dots of colour. As with many other artists young children can learn a considerable amount about Seurat and his art by reading picture books such as:
* Sunday With Seurat by Julie Merberg (board book)
* Seurat and La Grande Jatte by Robert Burleigh
* Katie and the Bathers by James Mayhew

David Macaulay was born in England but moved to the USA as a child. He qualified as an architect but decided not to practice. However when he did decide to illustrate books his books drew heavily on his knowledge of architecture and building and many of his books feature buildings or focus on one particular type of building such as Pyramid; Mosque; Castle and Ship. His book Black and White won the Caldecott Medal in 1991. I love this book because it tells four stories simultaneously. It is extremely clever, unique and a great way to introduce children to the concept of point of view and how four people could all have the same experience and yet relay it so differently. I wish he did more like this one!

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