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Picture This: How Pictures Work [Paperback]

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Chronicle Books
Age  12
ISBN  1587170302  
EAN  9781587170300  
UPC  765145117319  

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Item Description...
The illustrator of a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" provides a step-by-step account of her work to reveal the principles of illustration and the role of shape and color in expressing ideas and emotions.

Publishers Description
Everyone knows that a picture tells a thousand words. But what about the elements that make up a picture? Using the tale of Little Red Riding Hood as an example, Molly Bang uses boldly graphic artwork to explain how images--and their individual components--work to tell a story that engages the emotions: Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, Picture This fans will welcome the new edition's striking redesign and introduce its insights to many other artists and art appreciators alike.

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More About Molly Bang

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including "When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... "; "Ten, Nine, Eight"; and "The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher," each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Northern California.

Molly Bang currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.

Molly Bang has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Caldecott Collection
  2. Scholastic Bookshelf: Feelings

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Unusal method of teaching composition.  Nov 1, 2008
This book would be ideal for a first-time camera user. It is amazingly simplistic. If you're looking for actual tips and techniques, pass this one by.
A Must Have  Jul 18, 2007
I can't say I'm overly well versed in composition, namely because most books on the subject are so dense. But in Picture This, the author has found easily understandable way to show the basic fundamentals of art.

Rather than teach composition with diagrams drawn over old master paintings like some books, Molly Bang uses simple bits of paper to demonstrate how shape, color and placement can affect the mood of a picture. And once you understand these principles, it's easy to see how they can be applied to more complex artwork.

Bang's pace is very deliberate. Every change to her construction paper compositions is well documented and explained. It's that simplicity and directness that allow her to communicate such a large amount of knowledge in only 96 pages.

And don't let the short page count and the fact that this book is recommended for grade schoolers fool you. This is a book every artist should have her shelf.
Fantastic book!  Aug 4, 2005
This book is amazing...the illustrations are simple, clear and compelling and the narrative approach to understanding the art elements and principles makes this rather dry topic into a fascinating tale. I have purchased several copies of this book for friends and plan to use it in my middle school art classroom.
for grownups, too  Dec 12, 2004
Don't be misled by the simple pictures and storybook style into thinking this a just a book for children. I have given this book to several adult friends, including some who are professional artists. We all learned something from Molly Bang's clear and compelling explanations of the principles of visual composition.
Picture This: How Pictures Work  Aug 1, 2003
I love this book and using it for teaching basic design ideas...a fellow teacher uses it in Psychology! The simple story of Little Red Riding Hood serves as the basis for discussion how line, color, shape, etc. work in art. Such a great idea...wish there were others of this type. I will be using it to teach the elements of art in Art History this fall.

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