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How to Talk About 20th-Century Art with Children


A guide to discovering today’s art with children


Attractive, richly illustrated and written in plain language that is accessible for everyone, this book is the best invitation to discover today’s art and share it with children.

Françoise Barbe-Gall offers parents and educators the keys to discovering today’s art with new eyes, setting aside prejudices and fears, in order to convey this knowledge to children, from the very young to preteens (ages 5 to 13).

After the first part, which clearly explains the main features of contemporary art, the second part comments on 30 famous works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and Andy Warhol via questions and answers. With the goal of making them even more accessible, the texts on the artworks come in three color levels, which show the different reading difficulty degrees, from the simplest to the most complex. This system allows children to progress at their own pace according to their age (from 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 13) or their level of progress. The traditional theoretical approach is thus replaced with direct observation of the picture—the true departure point of any artistic experience. 

Regardless of whether you are getting ready for a museum visit with children or answering their questions about certain work of art or image found in a book, in this title parents and educators will find clues to help them satisfy children’s curiosity and provide them with a richer and deeper understanding of works and artists, making visits to galleries or museums that much more pleasurable.

The book comes with a final section containing print and electronic resources that expand upon the topics that have sparked the most interest.

Cover type
12 x 22 cm
Publishing house
Françoise Barbe-Gall