Artists create self-portraits to show themselves as they want to be seen. This wonderfully attractive book explores the various ways they have done this by looking at a wide variety of art including works by Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Hogarth, Stanley Spencer, Rosalba Carriera, Durer, Frida Kahlo, Rousseau, Chagall, Peter Blake, Mignard, Andy Warhol, Wanda Wulz and Paolozzi. Inspired by the method used in galleries and museums in talking about art with children, readers are invited to look at the works and think about what the artists have done and why. Details in the works are pointed out and questions are posed for readers to think about. Outline information about the artists and the works (including a graphic representation of the works' relative sizes) are provided at the back of the book. A glossary and index are included. Ideal for curriculum work at KS2, these books will inspire readers of 8 to 10 to look at art in new ways.
Ruth Thompson is a highly experienced author and editor of children's books. She has an MA in Museum and Gallery Education.