Styling by Artist Educator, Stephanie Lade and Bridie Connell.
WHY IS ART FULL OF NAKED PEOPLE & OTHER VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ART by Susie Hodge
Why is Art Full of Naked People? An amusing question and an equally amusing book designed to get kids thinking about art on their own terms. Posing questions such as ‘Are there any ugly statues?’ and ‘Why is art so expensive’, it tackles a range of formal topics in a casual, conversational tone complete with cartoons and full colour reproductions. Written by art historian Susie Hodge, it also includes a handy glossary of art terms to assist parents and educators with the arty questions and conversations this book is sure to stir!
Suitable ages 11+
HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER OF THE WORLD by Keri Smith
How to be an Explorer of the World is a guided journal that encourages readers to put down the smart phone, step away from the computer screen and explore the world around them by taking note of the little things! Suggested ‘explorations’ include recording everything you consume in a week, transforming everyday experiences with music, costume or role play and letting yourself get lost… A great gift for young teens and aspiring conceptual artists, it also includes plenty of blank pages for notes, drawings and documentation.
Suitable ages 12+
AN ABORIGINAL STORY series compiled by Pamela Lofts
First published in the 1980s, An Aboriginal Story is a series of eight picture books which aim to play a role in passing on Aboriginal culture and stories to future generations. Dunbi the Owl and The Bat and the Crocodile are based on the retelling of stories from Derby and Warmun in Western Australia to local Aboriginal children. The children’s colourful hand-painted interpretations of the stories provide the illustrations for each book, which in turn may inspire young readers to illustrate a story of their own.
Suitable ages 5+
WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE SEA by Jeannie Baker
Jeannie Baker is an award winning author and artist best known for creating intricately detailed, miniature collage constructions, which double as the illustrations for her classic children’s books. Drawing on her passion for conservation and sustainability, titles such as Where the Ocean Meets the Sea and Window, highlight the fragile beauty of the Australian wilderness and ever changing face of suburbia. They also provide plenty of inspiration for a DIY collage making session using found and recycled materials.
Suitable for ages 4+
Bridie manages inventory and online operations for MCA Store. A self-confessed book nerd, her personal library is full of fashion photography, feminist theory and trashy celebrity biographies. A practising visual and performing artist she is interested in representations of women in art and popular culture and is a passionate supporter of emerging local artists and designers.