Press:Perseus Distribution Services Abbeville Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1999)
Author Name:Ewing, Patrick Aloysius/ Louis, Linda L.
If you wanted to make a painting about how you like to swim, or of your friends, or about what you did last summer, would you feel comfortable doing it?In this groundbreaking book for young artists, basketball superstar Patrick Ewing and an experienced art educator team up to create an interactive book that encourages youngsters to express themselves through paint.
Ewing has long been a role model for kids because of his enormous success as a hoopster, dominating the painted area of the court.
As this book reveals, he is also an accomplished painter whose landscapes were reproduced on two Private IssueTM by DiscoverTM credit cards.Unlike other books that explain exactly how to paint a person or an object, this book inspires children to be creative-to show experiences or feelings through the medium of paint.
Ewing and Louis emphasize that in painting the process of thinking and discovering is more important than the actual depiction.
The authors help children discover what they can do with paint by explaining how to mix primary colors, change the consistency of paint, use brushes for special effects, and much more.
But the principal focus is to encourage kids to get ideas for their paintings from meaningful events in their own lives and ask themselves such questions as "How do I get to school?" or "What fierce or friendly animals do I know?" Throughout the book, which is illustrated with paintings by children, Ewing offers words of encouragement, and he gives an account of his life "in the paint." There is also a wonderful guide for parents and teachers that provides advice on how to help kids become confident, self-sufficient painters, to foster their creativity, and excite them about the pleasures of painting.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
From Kirkus Reviews
Basketball star and former fine arts major Ewing isn't ``in the paint'' on the basketball court alone; here, with Louis, he offers fledgling painters and their parents practical advice about essential art supplies, organizing a work space, choosing subjects, mixing paint to get different colors, and planning ahead.
The suggestions are simple and savvy, from keeping the paint cups on a large cookie sheet, to making details large by using charcoal rather than pencil for preparatory drawings.
Big, bright paintings done by children and captioned with their comments illustrate this engagingly personal primer, along with small shots of Ewing in and out of uniform; although his introduction ends with some product placement for the financial services company that displays his paintings on their credit card, the advertising is unobtrusive.
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...accessible and informative...
beautifully illustrated with children's artwork along with personal statements regarding their work.
-- Arts & Activities, 4/2000An irresistibly heartfelt, horizon-expanding book for children ages 7 to 10...
filled with intriguing how-to's...
-- Los Angeles Times, 12/2/00Basketball star Patrick Ewing introduces kids to the basics of painting in clear, engaging text designed to stimulate children's creativity .
Extensive use of children's artwork as illustrations encourages readers to find subjects for art in their own lives.
A helpful guide for parents and teachers supports the book's goals.
A 1999 Parents' Choice® Recommendation.
(Ann DeForest, Parents' Choice®).
-- From Parents' Choice®
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