Give a child a piece of paper and a box of crayons and they are usually happy as clams. Sometime, however, adults do not realize how important art is to a child’s development. Motor development, creative thinking, eye-hand coordination, developing an understanding of spatial relationships are only a few important skills that children learn by doing art. In addition, research has shown that youngsters who make art improve academically.
There are many books for young readers that discuss artists and their process. Among them are the following titles.
Lois Ehlert is a popular picture book creator. “The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life” features a collection of eye-popping colors, illustrations and photos that demonstrate how she creates her collages.
Edward Hopper, who grew up in Nyack, is the subject of Robert Burleigh’s biography “Edward Hopper Paints His World.” The author describes Hopper’s interest in art from early childhood. Illustrated by Wendell Minor the book contains reproductions of some of Hopper’s paintings.
“Diego Rivera: His World and Ours” by Duncan Tonatiuh demonstrates how both the author and the artist have a passion for Mexican history, art and culture.
These are only three of many juvenile picture books about art and artists that may inspire young budding artists.