New art book for children to explore Miro’
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- Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:05
- Last Updated on 18 April 2016
- Monica Costa
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It is well known that arts or cultural experiences in early childhood can help children develop abilities in the arts which will be useful right through life as well as significantly strengthen parent-child bonds and engage families in their children’s learning, providing a positive focus for shared experience and communication. Going to the museum is not always easy or possible with young children, so art books for children are a great alternative. This Spring a beautifully looking art book will appear on book shelves to learn about one of my favourite contemporary artist: Miro’.
Miro’s Magic animals by Antony Penrose
Miro’s Magic animals is a picture book published by Thames & Hudson is about the magic art of the great Spanish artist Miro’ told by the son of surrealist and photographer Lee Miller who knew him in person and remembered his creative work from a childish perspective. Tony recalls it as dream-like, strange and magical which is actually how we perceive it even now as adults.
Tony describes the peculiar way animals were painted by Miro’ who knew them well as he grew up in a farm similar to the one where Antony was brought up.
The great thing about this picture book is that Tony also describes Miro’ the man not just the artist. His memories are vivid and accompanied by his mother’s great photos of the Spanish painter.
I like how he describes him as ‘the warm, quiet and friendly man who loved strange animals and made wonderful works’s for us all to enjoy.’
Children can learn that animals can be drawn in unusual ways not necessarily in a realistic way like in photographs. Thinking out of the box is a great skill and surrealistic artwork teaches exactly that. Children absorb information very quickly without much explaining.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums