Book Review: Children’s Art By Antje Tesche-Mentzen and Herlinde Koelbl
The artists featured in most coffee-table books are familiar; they have had their works showcased at museums world-wide, projected onto 30 foot screens in front of 100-person art history classes, and featured in countless numbers of books and other publications. But rarely is there a book that celebrates the art of amateurs–the art that usually hangs on mom’s fridge showing how proud she is of her child’s creativity.
Children’s Art by Antje Tesche-Mentzen and Herlinde Koelbl is this unique book. It honors the ability of children to imagine things differently–“red lemons and green skies.” Here, there are no famous names, no perfect techniques or specific styles. Instead the book mixes artwork from a number of different kids, all of whom have worked with author Tesche-Mentzen in observing, imagining, and creating. The art is grouped by theme, separated by poetry describing one or a number of the art within the particular chapter, with photographs of children, paint dripping off their noses and completely focused on their creations, mixed in-between.
This artwork in this book will inspire child artists to look at the meanings behind their own art and their own technique. This is one coffee-table book that will not just sit, but inspire and provoke.
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