In Review: Let's Make Some Great Art Animals
Finding something to do that is both enjoyable and productive during the summer holidays can often be challenging, which is why this book, 'Let’s Make Some Great Art - Animals' offers a fantastic way to rediscover creativity and have some fun. The meditative quality of making art is a lesson best learned at a young age as a foundation for self-soothing as well as artistic outlet.
Set out as a workbook, delightfully illustrated in a contemporary style by British artist Marion Deuchars, this book can be enjoyed ad hoc or with momentum. As it is not pitched solely at children, all ages and levels of artistic merit are valued; full of warmth and humour, it is impossible to resist. Thumbprints become simple creatures, handprints become birds with finger feathers. Drawing skills are honed with easy-to-follow instructions on constructing a body and adding the charismatic features to bring it to life - How to Draw a Pug is sure to raise a smile. Imagination is all that is required - from detailing pigeon conversations to what you think the cat had for tea.
There are stencils, ink blots, and blow paint projects, incorporating a varied selection of artworks to suit the mood or the material at hand. Some pages require felt tip pens, others need ink pads, paints and paper.
Art is such a subjective thing, there is no rulebook, and as a form of self-expression, it can be revelatory and also very therapeutic. From drawing things that fill you with fear to detailing favourite foods, this is a book to complete and keep - a snapshot of life, reflecting the timely personality of the artist. It is no surprise that the Let’s Make Art series of activity books has won numerous awards and been translated into 22 languages, as it’s a charming diversion for anyone to enjoy.
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