Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: An Artist's Style

Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop - (ISBN: 978-0385732758)

by Jan Greenberg

This biography of Andy Warhol clearly shows the growth of his personal style through examinations of his quirky personality, the cultural context of his art, and the unique studio where he worked. Recommended for older teens, this book defines Warhol’s approach and shows how his work changed the artistic culture of New York City and the world of modern art. Paintings of soup cans are classic Warhol. What cultural icons might he have paint if he were working today?

Berenice Abbott, Photographer: An Independent Vision - (ISBN: 978-0618440269)

by George Sullivan

Abbott’s unique contribution to the field of photography began with her life in Greenwich Village and Paris and with an award to photograph New York City’s buildings, streets, and residences. Her original visions resulted in photographs still used in photography instruction. Her cityscapes and science photography resulted in a rich legacy. After considering Abbott’s photographs, try your hand at photographing unique architectural structures where you live.

The Street Art Book: 60 Artists in their Own Words - (ISBN: 978-0061537325)

by Ric Blackshaw

Today, street art is a legitimate art form, and its creators no longer work just on the street, but in studios and profitable commercial enterprises. Their artwork, however, reflects their backgrounds as gritty folk with little or no formal art training; it includes graffiti, stenciling, messaging, and original, idiosyncratic techniques. Take a closer look at the graffiti and building art in your city or in pictures you can find online. When does street art become real art?

Whaam!: The Art & Life of Roy Lichtenstein - (ISBN: 9780810994928)

by Susan Goldman Rubin

The author ably describes the growth of Lichtenstein’s unique vision. His interest begins with a love of comic book art and progresses through his observations of advertisements. His original techniques served to elevate “pop” art to an acceptable form. The bookapproach includes the graphics that inspired the artwork to show-- as well as tell-- how Lichtenstein’s style evolved. Think about the difference between graphic illustration and Lichtenstein’s art. What distinguishes the two, if anything?

Where is Jasper Johns? - (ISBN: 978-3791337111)

by Debra Perlman

Readers of this book will imagine how Johns refined his own artistic vision by considering the works of other artists around him. Learn to look carefully at each of his creations; if you are good at observation, you will be able to see Jasper Johns himself in many different forms within his paintings!

Do You Doodle? - (ISBN: 978-1905158133)

by Nikalas Catlow

Eight Who Made a Difference: Pioneer Women in the Arts - (ISBN: 978-1888105377)

by Erica Stux

Name That Style: All about Isms in Art - (ISBN: 978-1580138246)

by Bob Raczka

Picasso: Breaking the Rules of Art - (ISBN: 978-0764102936)

by David Spence

Runaway Girl - (ISBN: 978-0810942370)

by Jan Greenberg

Subway Art - (ISBN: 978-0811868877)

by Martha Cooper

The Second Mrs. Giaconda - (ISBN: 978-1416903420)

by E.L. Konigsburg

Activities for this Theme

Enjoy viewing some examples of an artist who uses illustration, color, and text to enhance his books

See some examples of artistic works done by a synesthetic painter, Kilford, who paints in response to music

Try doing some painting or drawing in response to your favorite lyrics or music.

Look at some amazing examples of graffiti art

If you are feeling artistic, draw your rendition of Johnny Cash and add to millions already done.