Books for Budding Artists

Action Jackson

By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

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Imagines Jackson Pollock at work during the creation of one of his paint-swirled and splattered canvasses. Suggested for ages 8-11.
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Audobon : Painter of Birds in the Wild frontier

By Jennifer Armstrong ; ill. by Jos. A. Smith

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Briefly tells the story of this nineteenth-century painter and naturalist who is most famous for his detailed paintings of birds. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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Frida

By Jonah Winter

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The life story of revered Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is presented in this age-appropriate biography. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer

By Robert Byrd

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Illustrations and text portray the life of Leonardo da Vinci, who gained fame as a artist through such works as the Mona Lisa, and as a scientist by studying various subjects including human anatomy and flight. Suggested fro ages 7-14.
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Linnea in Monet's Garden

By Cristina Bjork

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A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life. The illustrations include photographs of the painter and his family as well as examples of his work. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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My Name is Georgia : a Portrait

By Jeannette Winter

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Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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Norman Rockwell : Storyteller with a Brush

By Beverly Gherman

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Describes the life and work of the popular American artist who depicted both traditional and contemporary subjects, including children, family scenes, astronauts, and the poor. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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Restless Spirit : the Life and Works of Dorothea Lange

By Elizabeth Partridge

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A biography of Dorothea Lange, whose photographs of migrant workers, Japanese American internees, and rural poverty helped bring about important social reforms. Suggested for ages 10-16.
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Story Painter : the Life of Jacob Lawrence

By John Duggleby

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A biography of the African American artist who grew up in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance and became one of the most renowned painters of the life of his people. Suggested for ages 7-12.
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Uncle Andy's

By James Warhola

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The author describes a trip to see his uncle, the soon-to-be-famous artist Andy Warhol, and the fun that he and his family had on the visit. Suggested for ages 4 and up
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