Friday, June 29, 2012

Art and Max by David Wiesner and free coloring page!

Happy Friday Reader Friends!
Today, I'm excited to present something new here at The Castle Library. Freebie Fridays!

I have developed a lesson plan to go along with this wonderful book, Art and Max by David Wiesner. For our first Friday Freebie, I'd like to share with you a page from the lesson packet. Keep your eyes out for more information on where and when you'll be able to get the whole packet. It's coming soon, packed full of classroom friendly lessons and activity ideas.

Art and Max was one of The Castle Library's first featured books. I hope you'll enjoy the free fun activity sheet I've provided. Please give your feedback on our free offers as it's a work in progress and I'm always open to comments and suggestions.

I do hope you are enjoying your summer break! Don't forget to read every day.
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Art and Max
Author and Illustrator: David Wiesner                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Clarion Books; None edition (October 4, 2010)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Library Binding: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction picture book
ISBN: 978-0618756636

Book Theme:
Friendship, art, lizards, dessert

Book Summary
Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he's courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.

Activity Adventures:

First Time at The Castle Library:
Click Here for theFree Printable Activity Sheet! 
Art is all in pieces, help put him back together using your favorite Artist's technique!

You can find art anywhere, the mall, the library, along the city streets. Go on anArt Hunt and see what kinds of art work you can find in your city or town. Not all art is man-made. I have a friend who finds art in nature. She calls it God’s works of Art. She will find sticks and leaves laid in an interesting way and snap a picture of it. Who says it’s not art? Photographers are artist, too. What art, natural and man-made can you find in your surroundings? Take your camera and share with us.

Scribe Work: What do you suppose the other lizards in the story were thinking while all the action between Max and Art was going on? Look at their faces. What do their expressions say? Write some dialogue or thought bubbles and share what they might be thinking or saying. Take it one step further and write your own version of this story from one of the smaller lizard’s point of view. I would love to hear some of your ideas. Post in the comments section.

Jester’s Jokes: On a large piece of construction paper, trace the outline of a friend, sibling or even your parent! Now, starting with just the outline, what would you do to re-create them? Is there anything you might change? What are your favorite parts about this person? Do they have a kind heart? Draw a big heart and write inside of it what you like about them. Do you have a favorite memory about them? Can you draw or write about it? Get creative and use as many medias as you like.

Authors Arena

David Wiesner is a three time Caldecott winner who has also created, “Tuesday,” “The Three Pigs” and “Flotsam”.

Weisner was the kid in school who knew how to draw. He knew early on what he wanted to do with his life and spent years working toward that goal. He went to a design school in Rhode Island to learn about art and eventually realized that children's books would allow him the greatest creative flow with his beloved arts.
Check out David Wiesner's website for more fun activities.


Jennifer Young said...

I love Art & Max, great choice for a book review!
Thanks for the printable worksheet - very neat!

Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

My kids love Art and Max. Great job on the worksheet! I think I will do an Andy Warhol!

Jackie Castle said...

Art and Max is one of his best, I think. Funny-wise. Andy Warhol art would be awesome, Eric. lol.