Talking With Artists

Talking With Artists

Conversations With Victoria Chess, Pat Cummings, Leo and Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Lois Ehlert, Lisa Campbell Ernst, Tom Feelings, Steven Kellogg, Jerry Pinkney, Amy Schwartz, Lane Smith, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner

Book - 1992
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Fourteen distinguished picture book artists talk about their early art experiences, answer questions most frequently asked by children, and offer encouragement to those who would like to become artists.
Publisher: New York : Bradbury Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780027242454
0027242455
Branch Call Number: 741.642 TAL 1992
Characteristics: 96 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Cummings, Pat

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Jan 16, 2014

14 favorite children book authors answer the eight stock questions providing a rich history and great information on the artist’s way. Each artist has a picture of themselves as a child and as an adult. Additionally creations the artists did as children are included. I was particularly moved by artist Tom Feeling who had adults who saw his potential and both encouraged and challenged him to grow as an artist. Not only do these artists provide insight into their life and work, they also provide good advice for any artist (young or old). This book can be enjoyed by young children of reading age and older adults. Don’t most artists have a big kid in them anyway? I would recommend this book to parents who want to help their young artists grown and learn that there are many artists out there in life. Each artist lists five of their most favorite books which they themselves had illustrated if your child or you would like further exploration.

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Jan 16, 2014

Black identified artist Tom Feeling was very troubled as a child at the “unanswered questions” which came up as a result of his learning about the hardships other black people had experienced. Poet Langston Hughes helped him to “light up all those corners of his mind” and inspired him to express himself “just like him” with art.
He quotes directly from Langton’s poem “My People”:

MY PEOPLE ********
The night is beautiful, so the face of my people. The stars are beautiful, so the eyes of my people. Beautiful, also, is the sun. Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people. (from page 50 of Taking With Artists – compiled and edited by Pat Cummings).

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