Disney- Looking at Paintings: An Introduction to Art for Young People

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Explore the Mona Lisa's smile, Titian's noises, Duccio's artistic omelet, a Jackson Pollock splash, a king's portrait, an entire battle, saints and sinners, knights and peasants, motorcars and animals; and paintings on every conceivable surface — walls, wood panels, cloth, glass, metal, bark, and leather. Follow Mickey and his friends through this most magical of worlds as they show us how to look at, understand, and enjoy the works of the greatest artist.

This unique introduction to the techniques and history of painting takes the young reader through more than 15,000 years of art, from cave painters to Picasso. The result of a collaboration between one of the most important art museums in the world, London's National Gallery, and the best Disney graphic artists, Looking at Paintings is a family reference book to be treasured by children from 8 to 88 years old.

This light hearted yet utterly serious celebration of our universal heritage has more than 400 color illustrations, including 24 pages of comic histories and over 200 illustrations of paintings and details, providing the most approachable introduction to the history of painting ever written.

DisneyHand, worldwide outreach for The Walt Disney Company, and Disney Publishing Worldwide are delighted to provide a web based Teacher's Resource Guide for "Looking at Paintings" with classroom activity and project suggestions for students in grades 2-4 and grades 5-6 that correspond with Looking at Paintings.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing Inc (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159373008X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593730086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

An excellent, gorgeous and highly accessible book

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2005
By Midwest Book Review
Disney Looking At Paintings: An Introduction To Fine Art For Young People uses Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Pluto to show young readers the majesty and imagination present in great works. Full-color, finely reproduced images of classic artworks captivate the eye on almost every page. The text renders artistic concepts in readily accessible terms. Chapters address how shape, size, color, light and dark, motion, materials and more are applied in works of art ranging in style from impressionism to realism to modern art and much more. Simple quizzes help reinforce the lessons about art learned in this excellent, gorgeous and highly accessible book, superb for reading aloud to young ones or letting them discover on their own.

Super Intro to Fine Art

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 26, 2010
I was delighted to find another copy of this book at Amazon for another grandchild. I’ve had one for several years and don’t remember where I found it. I have shared it several times with a 4-yr old granddaughter. The familiar characters ‘bring’ the little ones in and soon they are learning valuable information a little or a lot depending on what they can absorb at the moment.


2 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2007
This book on the history of art and why art is the way it is, kept my 7 year old spell bound. It created positive conversations about emotions and exaggerations in paintings. This book was originally for our 4 year old because she is more of the artist. She enjoyed the pictures but did not stay interested very long.

Great book!

 on January 31, 2016
By Heather
Wonderful book! We used this book in our homeschool. I highly recommend!

Five Stars

 on July 15, 2015
By Leah M Brew
Great book. My daughter loved it. It was delivered quickly too.

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