So I have a confession to make.
When I first saw Marion Deuchars’ book Let’s Make Some Great Art, I was originally looking for a creative gift for a friend’s kid. But the more I flipped the pages, I was hooked. I wanted one all for myself. Besides, why should kids have all the fun?
Title: Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars
Paperback 224 pages
I don’t have any children (not yet anyway!) and I’ve always been amused when I see parents pack an activity kit for their kids to take along for trips – be it a vacation or even a short jaunt to the mall. Because I’m just like that as well – only I pack for myself. I make sure I have a notepad or a sketchbook and a pen ready for when inspiration strikes, a book if I find myself in situations where my attention is at large, and if nothing else, there’s always my iPhone (that acts as a digital sketchbook and notepad, more often than not).
The thing is, I would totally carry Marion’s book with me, if only I didn’t raise eyebrows while I try to paint a smile onto Mona Lisa or ink my thumbs to create little animals between its pages when I’m waiting at the checkout line. Created by Marion for her kids, the book is a fascinating one, veering of being part history book and lots of art-making techniques and tips in between. I find the most wonderful of all though is the creative spirit and energy that is in the book, brought alive by Marion’s free-spirited drawings and lively tone.
From Pablo Picasso to Mondrian, Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol, Marion’s quick, breezy explanations (save for the one of Van Gogh, which I thought was rather bizarre!) along with her beautiful illustrations add lots of meat to the book. Page turning exercises, invitations to make your mark on the page and even a useful guide on what materials you can gather to use on the book makes this THE activity kit for artists of all ages.
It also depends on how you look at it, but I find that I learned new things while I went through the book. While I always kept an open mind when I went through books for children, Marion’s book just blew me away by how “grown up” and yet relaxed it is. Already I see things in a new light, and this in turn helps me think creatively – a skill that I have learned (and am reminded) from time to time that can be applied in many areas of my life.
And if indulging in my creative side does manage to raise some eyebrows? I say bring on the crayons.
You can get a copy of Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars over at Amazon.
If you like reading my book reviews, you can see more over here. And with that, have a lovely weekend folks! 🙂