How to Talk to Children About World Art

Author(s): Isabelle Glorieux-Desouche

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For anyone who wants their children to understand and love the art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, this guide has questions and answers about thirty amazing objects. Anticipating how children will react to artifacts ranging from a Congolese mask or a Sioux warrior's tunic to a Javanese puppet or an Easter Island Moai, each section begins with very simple observations - 'This face doesn't look very African!' - and moves on to more complex questions such as 'What do the decorations on the forehead and temples represent?', 'Does white mean something special in Africa?'. Written in everyday language for people with no art expertise or teaching experience, the book includes maps, colour coding and thumbnail images to help you see where each featured work of art comes from. The explanations also include guidance on what's most appropriate for what age, from four to fourteen. There are invaluable tips for planning a visit to a museum and a thorough discussion of modern western perceptions of world art and the tricky terminology associated with the subject.


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'When talking to children about world art and museum collections it is easy to shy away from political issues such as colonialism, ownership and words such as 'primitive art'. This book takes on those ideas and deals with them in a logical and simple way that does not dumb down the issues. A useful tool for any museum worker, teacher, or parent, who is interested in the reality behind world art and would like to use it as a way to inspire children. It also gives a glimpse of the amazing creativity of all human societies.' Andrew McLellan, Head of Education, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Isabelle Glorieux-Desouche studied History of Art at the Sorbonne, with a formation in ethnology, followed by two years living in Guinea. She has worked as a museum guide specialising in world art for more than 15 years, first at the Louvre, then at Musee Dapper and now at Musee quai Branly. She is the author of Musee du quai Branly, le grand voyage (Monexpo editions, 2008) as well as a number of publications for the Museum. She lives near Compiegne outside Paris.

Foreword What to call it Primitive Art? Early Art? Exotic Art? Distant Art? Negro Art? Ethnic Art? Tribal Art? Non-European Art? Extra-European Art Re-viewed: The Western way of seeing art has evolved Art or craft? Some Keys to reading Before you look Face to face with World Art Preconceived ideas Featured works How to use these pages Yup'ik mask - Alaska Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) mask - Canada Numakiki (Mandan) tunic - USA Olmec head - Mexico Aztec/Mixtec pectoral - Mexico Tairona pectoral - Columbia Mundurucu head - Brazil Baga, nimbi (D'mba) shoulder mask - Republic of Guinea Statue of Jenne-Jeno - Mali Dogon couple - Mali Senoufo deble (or pombia) statue - Ivory Coast Benin plaque - Nigeria Mandu yene bamoum throne of King Nsangu - Cameroon Fang reliquary figurine (Emiya Bieri) - Gabon Double-headed Kongo dog - Democratic Republic of Congo Punu Okuyi mask - Gabon/Democratic Republic of Congo Mbala (giguma) headrest - Democratic Republic of Congo Tsam dance mask -Mongolia Miao women's celebration clothing - China Gusoku armour - Japan Dayak earrings -Indonesia or Malaysia Nias ancestor figurine (Adu siraha salawa) - Indonesia Javanese puppet of Haruman - Indonesia Aboriginal painting - Australia Yimam (yipwon) statue - Papua New Guinea Ceremonial malagan statue from New Ireland - Papua New Guinea Mask-head-dress from Malakula - Vanuatu Club ('u'u)- Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia Hawaiian feathered head - USA Easter Island Moai - Chile Want to know more? Books Audio-visual and multi-media publications Museums

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  • : 9780711230910
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : March 2010
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 13mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Isabelle Glorieux-Desouche
  • : Paperback
  • : 704.03
  • : 176
  • : 30 colour photographs