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An ABC of What Art Can Be

  • Meher McArthur
    Pictures by Esther Pearl Watson

    This delightful book is a colorful reminder of the many things that visual art can be, and become, and do. Whether it's weaving or making pottery or working on your computer or turning junk into something unexpected and wonderful, An ABC of What Art Can Be is an invitation to look around and think creatively—outside the boring box. After all,

    A is for artist, creator of art,
    Making all sorts of things with the hands and the heart.

    The playful rhymes and dazzling collages are reminders that each of us is unique and can produce a work of art that's equally unique. In this lively book readers will find an ABC that's unlike any other. It includes four pages of "fun stuff"—easy-to-do activities inspired by the text and illustrations.

    Ages four and up.

    Meher McArthur is a Los Angeles-based freelance author and educator who has curated exhibitions of Asian art for more than ten years. Her books include Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols and The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles. Esther Pearl Watson's paintings have been widely exhibited, most recently at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Kansas City Museum. She has also lectured extensively and created popular cartoon works, such as Unlovable.

    "A tribute to artists and their media . . . a fun, gifty book for aspiring artists."
    —Publishers Weekly

    "Done up in rhyme with very good reason, ABC is as easy on the eyes as it is inspiring to the impressionable mind."
    —Sun Post Weekly (Miami)

    40 pages
    11 x 5 1/4 inches
    40 color illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-999-7

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum