A History Of Pictures For Children by David Hockney and Martin Gayford


A beautiful, accessible and inspiring book aimed at  young people but  frankly hugely enjoyable and illuminating for anyone who isn't an art expert. We can't recommend it highly enough. 

This beautiful book is written by our favourite artist David Hockney and Martin Gayford, one of the UK's foremost writers on art. It's aimed at ages 7+ but we think most 5 year olds would enjoy parts of it being read to them.  

A History of Pictures for Children takes readers on a journey through art history, from early art drawn on cave walls to the images we make today on our computers and phone cameras. Based on the bestselling book for adults, this children’s edition of A History of Pictures is told through conversations between the artist David Hockney and the author Martin Gayford, who talk about art with energising simplicity and clarity. Rose Blake’s superb illustrations illuminate the narratives to bring the history of art alive for a young audience.

Table of Contents: 
Introduction • 1. Thinking About Pictures: Why Do We Make Pictures? • 2. Making Marks: What Makes an Interesting Mark? • 3. Light and Shadows: What is a shadow exactly? • 4. Watch This Space: How Do Artists Set the Scene? • 5. Mirrors and Reflections: How Do Artists Play with Light? • 6. Painting and Photography: What Tools Do Artists Use? • 7. Moving Pictures: Can Pictures Really Move? • 8. The Story Goes On: What’s Next for Pictures? • Timeline of Inventions

  • Hardcover: 128 pages, 160 illustrations
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (6 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.2 x 28.7 cm