How to Spot an Artist: This Might Get Messy

by Danielle Krysa (Author)

How to Spot an Artist: This Might Get Messy
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Help kids discover and nourish their inner artist with this vividly illustrated, funny, and endlessly encouraging dose of positive reinforcement. With over 200,000 Instagram followers, Danielle Krysa has helped a lot of people overcome the fear that they aren'tcreative. In books like Creative Block and Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk she calls out the self-criticism that keeps us from claiming and expressing our artistic abilities. Now she uses her characteristic playfulness, lively illustrations, and humor to help kids overcome negativity about their artistic endeavors--and to help them redefine what being an artist means. Every page delivers encouragement to the kid who thinks artists all live in cities, or that art has to look like something familiar, or that painting and drawing are the only way to make art. In a world that drastically undervalues creative freedom, Krysa's whimsical paintings and collages joyfully proclaim that art is essential and that artists are everywhere. Additionally, a page at the back of the book includes ideas for art projects--because who wants fewer art projects? Nobody!

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This cheeky riff on a field guide--"OH, THANK GOODNESS YOU HAVE THIS BOOK. You'll need it if you want to spot a real artist"--notes that "no two artists are alike. In fact, they come in every size, shape, and color." As Krysa's text builds, noting that glue and glitter and hoarded scraps of paper may be signs of artists, it is "INTERRUPTED FOR AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE" to talk about an "art bully"--negative feedback, internal or external--that can only be vanquished by making. Krysa presents a stream of creativity-sparking ideas--"PAINT AN ICE CREAM VOLCANO!"--before revealing that "there is an artist looking at this page RIGHT NOW." Colorful mixed-media blotches with penciled-in appendages and faces interact with exaggerated typography, encouraging readers to make something of their own. Includes prompts for art projects. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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Danielle Krysa
DANIELLE KRYSA is the creator of The Jealous Curator, a highly influential contemporary art blog. Her previous books include Creative Block, Collage, Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk, and A Big Important Art Book--Now With Women. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Prestel Junior
Publication date
September 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JNF006050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Art | Painting
JNF070000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Inspirational & Personal Growth
Library of Congress categories

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