Errata: March Resource Center.
Japanese Ink Painting: The Art of Sumi-e. Naomi Okamoto. New York: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. (800-848-1186). 1995. Illus., 96 pp., paperback, $14.95; hardcover, $19.95.
This book centers on a style of painting that attempts to capture the very essence of an object, landscape, or natural form. While commonalities with other styles of painting are discussed, the author also points out the difference between most western painting, which is usually based on classical realism or created as an expression of problems or eccentric ideas, and Sumi-e where simplification and suggestion imply reality and beauty. Okamoto presents a series of instructive exercises that incorporate painting techniques into the rendering of traditional subjects. Overall this is an excellent small book recommended for middle school through adult levels.
Botanical Illustrations in Watercolor. Eleanor Wunderlich. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications (800-451-1741), 1996. Illus.. 144 pp., paperback, $24.95.
The author has taught botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden since 1984, and her ability to re-create the colors and textures distinct to nature accurately and aesthetically is extraordinary. When Wunderlich shares her Durer like drawing techniques, this book begins to separate itself from others of the same genre. A palette is suggested, along with a discussion of the special color challenges that confront botanical illustrators. Recommended for high school and beyond.
Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families. Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing (800-992-2908), 1996. Illus., 176 pp., paperback, $15.95.
Why would an art education journal review a book on Native American Gardening? Because the stories, such as "The Farmer Who Wanted to Be a Jaguar" and "The Bean Woman," employ nature to teach about the relationships between people and the earth. It provides ideas and inspiration for celebrating our relationship to all living things. Some of the traditional recipes would be interesting to try for a classroom harvest celebration. There are also several traditional craft projects using products from the garden. Even the plans for gardens are interesting as "designs for living." Intended primarily as a resource book for families interested in a native approach to gardening, it is also recommended as a good resource for innovative teachers.
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