Meet the Artist: Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Born in 1889, Sophie Taeuber-Arp was an artist, dancer, designer, puppet maker, architect, and editor. Enter into the radical and radiant world of Taeuber-Arp and create your own abstract modern art along the way! Bursting with inspiring activities, the revised and expanded Meet the Artist series of activity books introduces children to internationally renowned artists in a fun and engaging way. This activity book includes a brief introduction to the artist’s life, including her role as one of the founders of the Dada art movement, followed by a series of activities, such as weaving and puppet making, that explore prominent themes and ideas in Taeuber-Arp’s body of work. Featuring beautiful reproductions of key artwork, and illustrated by leading contemporary illustrator Lesley Barnes, Meet the Artist: Sophie Taeuber-Arp encourages children to use art as an avenue for exploring ideas and learning new techniques to express their own experiences through art-making.
Whitley expresses Taeuber-Arp's love of art on every page and the illustrations keep the abstract, modern theme. Along with educating children about Taeuber-Arp's history, there are engaging activities that will stimulate young minds. There are both craft projects to do outside of the book and places to draw inside the book. What fascinates me most is the puppet making considering you don't see it discussed often and children can even make their own.
Final Verdict: With this book, children can learn about the abstract art style and determine if it's for them. If not, there's always other options! I would recommend this to young artists to educate them on abstract art and Taeuber-Arp's part in expanding on it.