Book Review: The New Zealand Art Activity Book, by Helen Lloyd

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cv_the_new_zealand_art_activity_bookIf you are trying to get your child off the screen and involved in something more creative, the New Zealand Art Activity book is packed with activities to encourage children to see, think and draw like artists.

Filled with over one hundred activities this new edition of the Art Activity Book will suit children of all ages and abilities, as it contains simple colouring, as well as more advanced painting or construction of items.

Written and developed by Helen Llyod Gallery Educator at the City Gallery, Wellington, in consultation with Sarah Farrar, Senior Curator at Te Papa. Helen compiled an earlier edition in 2013 aimed at 5 – 8-year-olds which was the winner in the Children’s Book category of the Multi-media and Publication Design Awards 2014.

The 2017 edition includes reproductions of 51 historical and contemporary works from Te Papa’s art collection, and new works commissioned from current New Zealand artists as well as art based activities.

Two pages at the beginning of the book set out very clearly the type of pens, paints and other materials which would be needed to complete the tasks, and the following two pages give some background to the fifteen modern artists who have supplied artworks.
At the rear of the book there is further explanation of art terms and the glossary includes English translation of Maori, Fijian, Hindu, Mandarin, Niuean, Samoan, Tongan and Cook Island words included in the text.

There is lots to interest children of all ages in the 160 pages and I found myself engrossed in a number of the pages, itching to start some of the projects, but I will wait until I have some grandchildren around to share in the creativity.

Reviewed by Lesley McIntosh

The New Zealand Art Activity Book
by Helen Lloyd
Published by Te Papa Press
ISBN 9780994136237