I’ve made no secret of my love of the wonderful books from Wide Eyed Editions. The latest one that we have been sent is the fabulous School of Art. The book is written by Teal Triggs and illustrated by Daniel Frost. Both are well placed to write this wonderful book; Triggs is professor at the Royal College of Art and Frost is a recent award-winning graduate of the Royal College of Art. Coupled with the perfect production by Wide Eyed Edition it makes for a wonderful book.
The book is a great addition to our library and is something that I will be looking at in much more depth with the children as they get older. It has forty ‘lessons’ and each lesson has a guided activity for the reader to try. The lessons and activities are designed to help you to understand the basics of art and design and it really is wonderful.
We haven’t yet made any decisions about the future education of Mr D and Miss E, but should we go down a home education route then this book will form a key part of our art work. It is split into three terms of work, term one looks at ‘what basic elements do we need to make art?’. Term 2 looks at ‘what design principles help us to make art?’ and term 3 is ‘what can you do with your new-found skills?’.
I like this book a lot and I am looking forward to working through this with the children. Both Mr D and Miss E are very engaged in mark making and being creative, as I expect many children are, so I am keen to foster this and encourage them to hone their skills in due course. The explanations are really good and it’s written well to appeal to the ‘casual’ artist as well as those who are more developed.
There is so much to explore in this book – and I love that the activities are simple and easy enough to so at home, building up your knowledge as it progresses.