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Art & Max by David Wiesner

Art & Max (edition 2010)

by David Wiesner

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Title:Art & Max
Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Clarion Books (2010), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:Wordless/Concept/Counting Book

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Art & Max by David Wiesner


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Summary: Max is a lizard, he wants to be an artist like his friend Arthur, but his first attemp at using a paintbrush sends them on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences. First, Max gives Arthur some water to drink and all of sudden, the paint washes away and only the outline drawing of Arthur is left! The outline falls to the ground in a tangled mess and Max struggles to put Art back together. After this is accomplished, Max uses a vacuum cleaner to blow the paint back onto Art and makes a masterpiece of color. Art is pleased with his new look and they both begin painting again.
Genre:Fantasy Because lizards can talk and they acting like human beings.
Age app: Primary, intermedinate
Media: acrylic, pastel, watercolor, India ink ( )
  carolinechen0608 | Feb 18, 2017 |
Art, a iguana that paints, is interrupted by Max who wants to paint. Max asks what he can paint and Art replies to paint him--Max literally paint on him. After a strange turn of events Art looses his color as well as his outline. Max has to redraw Art as well as paint him in order to return him to his 'normal' self.
  CNealon | Dec 3, 2016 |
Oh wow. Best since Tuesday" - better in some ways. Love the little ones! I could see sharing this over and over again - it wouldn't take long before a 3 year-old would read it to mom & dad." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Grades: K-3
Theme: Never underestimate someone's ability.
  creykellums | Apr 6, 2016 |
This book is a fantasy because anoles can paint as artists, and the color of them can be washed away like the painting color.
It is a creative book which can be used to arouse students' interest in art and tell them art can bring the feeling that make everyone happy. It also can be used in art class to let students understand the beauty of colors. The media of this book is water color. ( )
  Aliceyeol | Feb 14, 2016 |
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Art is an artist, and Max would like to be an artist. When trouble arises and Art is changed because of Max, they go through a series of different adventures until Art is put back again. If I were teaching this to younger students, we would look at theme and what is being said by Art and how Max proves himself by the end to be an artist, just not the type of artist that Art thought he should be. The art was, of course a great, and the story flowed from page to the next smoothly.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: With eye-popping illustrations, three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes readers on a stunning journey through the art world. Art & Max is the story of two artists: Art, a collared lizard who is studiously painting a portrait when we first meet him, and Max, who has just picked up paints and brushes and is ready to go. What follows is a magical journey of explosive color--brilliantly highlighted by the desert background--where acrylic paints, watercolor, and line drawings, are deconstructed and re-invented, and Art undergoes a Jackson Pollack-like transformation. Combining minimal text with remarkable images, this is a book to be cherished and poured over, inspiring the artist in all of us.--Seira Wilson

Amazon Exclusive From Author David Wiesner: The Development of Art & Max
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Introduction to the photos below:
These images show the development of the opening spread for my latest picture book, Art & Max. Given that a picture book is so brief, the opening pages must set the scene and introduce the characters in a concise and effective way. On the half title and title pages of Art & Max, I show Max racing across the landscape, from left to right. Now, on pages 4 and 5, he enters the scene as the story begins.

This drawing is from an early dummy, before I had fully designed the characters or fully worked out the story. Max was originally a chameleon, but I decided to make him a Collared Lizard instead. I have reversed the position of Arthur and Max to continue the left to right movement from the title page. I am exploring body stances to find an expressive interaction between the two characters. This isn’t it. Arthur is beginning to look better. Their physical relationship still doesn't feel right. Here the characters are looking good, but I think Max still needs to burst onto the scene somehow. Now Max is off his feet, literally flying into the picture, and the landscape has also come together. The scene, painted, as it appears in the book. The story of Art & Max has begun.

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Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.

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